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Jessica Baer is helping eradicate slave trafficking in Ghana


courtesy of Michael Baer

Jessica Baer in Ghana with two of the former child slaves rescued by Breaking the Chain through Education.

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Away for the summer at her New Jersey YM-YWHA Camp, Jessica Baer watched a video about children enslaved in Ghana.

Baer, who was 10 years old at the time, realized just "how different my life was from theirs. I was hooked right away."

The presentation was organized by Breaking the Chain through Education, a nonprofit that works to rescue child slaves and help eradicate slave trafficking by building schools in Ghana.

By establishing local schools in poor villages, the group provides fishermen and their children with educational opportunities and alternative ways of earning a...

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