Lisa Kristine, after realizing slavery exists in many places around the world today -- 27 million people are estimated to be in slavery -- spent time traveling, taking photographs of such examples to raise awareness about the still very real issues around modern-day slavery.
It seems strange -- unreal, really -- that in 2012, we're still dealing with slavery across the world. And in many cases, those enslaved are done so by their very own people. In some places, there seems to be no regard for human life or freedom.
I had my own experiences on Lake Volta myself in the summer of 2011. Often, it's the child's job to dive into the water and free fishing nets that become trapped on tree stubs and twigs in the shallow by large lake. They are expected to do this despite not knowing how to swim. And from time to time, children just never come back up.
Below are some images I captured while traveling with the Challenging Heights organization, started by a man who was a slave himself on Lake Volta and now dedicates his life to children in similar situations.
Family members will abandon or even sell their children into slavery for as little as $15 for the extra money and to be able to save the money it costs to house their children (often, if a child lives with his uncle, the uncle might sell him into slavery help support his own children in the house). It's Challenging Heights' goal to help children find their families (and stay with them) again, or to give them shelter as they go to school and grow old enough to care for themselves.