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  Scandal of children sold as slaves
Updated 15 June 2002, 15.36
Becky with some of the children
Becky with some of the children

Newsround Extra has found that around 200,000 children are sold for work in West and Central Africa every year.

The children are sold by their parents for as little as 30 to work in fields, markets and houses.

  Click here to see pix of Becky's visit to Africa

Often they think that the children might be able to earn more money for the family.

But most of the time they end up working long hours, with no money and in terrible conditions.

Torban, 15
Torban, 15
Torban, 15, told Monday's Newsround Extra how one boy died on a long journey to work in Nigeria.

But it's even worse than that. "No one told his parents," he said. "They don't know what happened to him."

  Click here for Torban's story

Unicef - the United Nations organisation which helps children - is one of several groups trying to stop this slave trade.

Map of West Africa
Reporter Becky Jago visited a project in the mountains of Togo which allows children to grow and sell their own food - and they get to keep any money they make.

It's good news for the children, because it means they're much less likely to end up being sold as slaves.

And you can see Becky's full report on the child slave trade in Newsround Extra on Monday 17 June at 5.20 on BBC One.

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