Mabel’s own destitute family trafficked her into slavery on Lake Volta where she was made to labour for her very survival. Before the sun rose, she had to collect wood and prepare maize porridge for those working on the boats sent out to fish in the lake. She then had to prepare lunch and dinner. If she told her oppressors that she couldn’t cook because she was tired, they would verbally and physically abuse her. Mabel was perpetually tired because she barely got any rest. Late at night she was forced to clean and reset the nets on board the fishing boats. If she was caught not working, the slave-drivers would hit her with a paddle. Mabel was particularly terrified of the fact that a storm could easily capsize the tiny fishing boat and kill everyone aboard.
Luckily for Mabel her life took a turn for the better when a team from Challenging Heights, an organisation that visits local fishing communities to locate and free children sold into slavery, found her. She has since come a long way from being a helpless child slave. Armed with hope and determination, she is studying to become a nurse.