Stories from Lake Volta: The lived experiences of trafficked children in Ghana
Child trafﬁcking is one of the worst forms of child maltreatment and is often difﬁcult to recognize when it happens intra-country. This paper presents the narratives of children on their experiences as victims of trafﬁcking in ﬁshing communities along the Volta Lake in the Volta region of Ghana. The narratives were co-constructed with the children through child-friendly participatory approaches which involved drawings, writing, and in-depth interviews. The stories reﬂect the magnitude of maltreatment trafﬁcked children suffer, which ranges from physical to psychological and emotional. The authors recommend commitment by the government to the implementation of the Human Trafﬁcking Act to deter child trafﬁckers. Further studies on the living conditions of rescued children and the need to implement strategies to prevent re-trafﬁcking are suggested.
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