Ghana: Minor female victim of labor exploitation was intercepted!
Florence* is a 15-year-old female from the Accra Region who was recently intercepted in Dambai. She shared with our team that her father frequently travels from their home in Accra to the market in Dambai. About two months ago, he and Florence traveled there together. Unfortunately, he didn’t have enough money to pay for her transportation to return to Accra, so he left her in the care of a woman named Akua*, a local restaurant attendant in Dambai. He made an arrangement that Florence would work for her until she was able to earn enough money to travel back to her family in Accra. According to this agreement, Florence would be paid GHc10.00 ($1.70 USD) on market days and GHc7.00 ($1.20 USD) on the other days.
Florence then entered into servitude under the custody of Akua. According to Florence, she typically worked about 18 to 20 hours a day, seven days a week (from 2:00 a.m. until as late as 10:00 p.m.). She was never paid any wages, so she was unable to return to her own home. She slept in the work kiosk along with two other employees who eventually ran away from the abusive environment, leaving Florence behind. When Lake Volta flooded her sleeping place, Florence was forced to look for other lodging. She begged the owner of a nearby business if she could sleep in the hallway of his shop after she stopped working each evening.
For several weeks, Florence had been sleeping in this hallway until a security man informed our monitors of her situation. They found Florence and intercepted her. She has been placed with a caregiver until her parents can be located. The suspected trafficker is in custody, awaiting further investigation, and this case is ongoing.
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