James Kofi Annan

Former child slave James Kofi Annan on his mission to end human trafficking in Ghana

Millions around the world, including civil activists, labor unions, government leaders and everyday citizens are working to address the plight of child slaves and bring attention to the widespread epidemic of human trafficking.

Ghanian activist, James Kofi Annan is one of those people—though his proximity to the cause is more intimate than most. Annan was once one of the children that he is now fighting tirelessly for through his organization Challenging Heights, an anti-trafficking initiative working to protect the rights of children, and end child slavery in coastal communities in Ghana, where an estimated 1.8 million young people are engaged in child labour. He won the World’s Children Prize in 2013 for his contributions.

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