Price of Gold

These boys and men are all enslaved in illegal gold mining in Ghana.

Most come from northern Ghana hoping to strike it rich at legal mines.

When they can’t get a job they borrow money at usurious interest rates or join teams of slaves, known as a gangs.

The gangs work in areas abandoned by big companies. They can only sell their gold to the money lender at a price he sets.

They are trapped by debt and often hunted by local police and private security guards for trespassing. Many of them talk about wanting to escape.

Some of them believe they will be rich if they work just a little longer and harder.