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Join Godwin in stopping child trafficking

You can help build a world where every child like Godwin is free.

Help build a world where every child like Godwin is free.

Imagine being forced to dive deep underwater to untangle fishing nets caught on submerged trees. Fearing you might drown.

Godwin was a bright, straight-A student who loved learning. When a woman turned up, promising to take him to his extended family to buy essential school supplies, he went with her. That promise was a lie: instead he was trafficked to work for a fisherman on Lake Volta.

Godwin was forced to rise at dawn and fish for long hours in scorching heat, risking his life diving deep into the lake, untangling nets. No school, no family, just work.

Godwin suffered on this island for three years until Ghanaian police, supported by IJM, found and brought him to safety. But Godwin wasn’t ready to go home yet. He told us, ‘My younger brother and some people too are there who are really suffering.'

What Godwin did next was remarkable. He bravely chose to go back to the island to help police bring more children to safety. Over several weeks, Godwin's courage led to freedom for 29 others – including his brother.

Today, Godwin is a survivor leader, advocating for freedom for other trafficked children. He's picked his schoolbooks back up and is studying telecommunications at college.

This is what is possible - freedom, healing and justice. With your support, and the tremendous courage we see in survivors like Godwin, we can end trafficking in our lifetime.

Watch Godwin's remarkable story

Can you support IJM to stop child trafficking today?

IJM works with local authorities and partners around the world to stop child trafficking. Over 90% of IJM’s staff members are from the place where they work.

Transformation is what gives me hope

Anita Budu, IJM Ghana's Director of Justice Projects, shares her hope and her experience supporting survivors of child trafficking like Godwin.

"Better futures for trafficked children are possible – I've seen it.

"What keeps me going is seeing the joy of transformation from day one: children who haven’t had loving adults around them start experiencing care and support. Within a few weeks, you see a completely different child."

Godwin's actions took a deep level of courage

“Godwin is a such an optimistic person; he’s always got a smile on his face," Anita told us.

After starting her career as a social worker, Anita now leads teams of investigators, aftercare workers and lawyers to empower them to support police tacking child trafficking.

"Often, we see that once children are safe, they want to help children trapped in similar situations. But Godwin is unique in that he was old enough to actually join the operational team as they led the police to other children. That takes a deep level of courage.”

Learn more about IJM's work to stop child trafficking

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