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Chief Togbega Hadjor

Ghana , Class of 2004

Chief Togbega Hadjor

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Chief Togbega Hadjor is chief over the region which includes the infamous Lake Volta, where young boys are sold as slaves to fishermen.

In his region, Chief Togbega Hadjor has worked relentlessly to prevent and stop child labor. He has coordinated with the IOM to educate the people he oversees about the evil of selling your children into a forced labor situation. In 2003-04, 228 children were brought out of slavery from the fishing industry. His community, which is fairly impoverished, had been selling their children to the fishermen, and the children were not receiving any education. The Chief has made sure that these children, who are returned, are being taken care of and are receiving an education. Furthermore, recognizing the financial need in his community as a driving factor behind the exploitation of children, he personally was able to solicit funds from micro-credit organizations in order to allow his subjects to raise themselves out of their poverty. He was honored in 2005 as a "TIP Report Hero Acting to End Modern Slavery" in recognition of his efforts to combat human trafficking. 

In the 2014 TIP Report, Ghana was listed as Tier 2 country. It is a source, destination, and transit country for both forced labor and sex trafficking. Child prostitution is common in the region of Lake Volta, as is child labor. Sex trafficking in and out of Ghana is still a problem, and forced labor is prevalent in parts of the country. 

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