Trading in Suffering

Female market porters in Accra, Ghana—known as kayayei—often lack traditional community and family ties, making them especially vulnerable to sexual abuse, assault and unplanned pregnancies.
Many of these women and girls—some as young as 10—turn to DIY abortions in a country where access to the procedure is heavily restricted. According to the Guttmacher Institute, almost 1/2 of Ghana's abortions are performed in unsafe conditions.
Access to contraception is proving life-saving to some; Marie Stopes International, for example, provides contraception, sexual health education, and family planning advice.

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