Reportage

An account of child trafficking in West Africa

What to say? Well I went simply because I was asked to go by Anti-Slavery International, who are actually the world’s oldest human rights organisation.

At that time, in 2001, I was anxious to redirect my career – it was a year after an emergency heart operation and I felt that I wanted to get away from my commercial work and try and get back to the photojournalistic work which I had first started doing back in the early 1970s. So the enquiry seemed like the answer to my prayer.

The movement of children amongst families is not new. What has changed is the introduction of a commercial element where people give the parents money and then promise to look after the child.

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