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8/01/2011

Ritual Servitude

Did you know that in some parts of the world, slavery is still occurring?   And women are particularly vulnerable.  For example,...

...Ritual servitude is still practiced in Ghana where traditional religious shrines take young girls in payment for services, or in religious atonement for alleged misdeeds of a family member. Trokosi which means slaves or wives of the gods, is practiced by a small tribe called Ewe in the Volta region.   For centuries, girls as young as two have been given to priests in Ghana for life in payment for the crimes  and today we find children as young as 6 years old are forced to work at hazardous labor in the fishing industry and on cocoa farms After the onset of menstruation, the bondage also include sexual servitude and young girls are forced to work in houses of prostitution. It is common that a Trokosi has 10 to 15 children.

Once given to the priest, a girl becomes his property and is made to carry out domestic chores such as cooking and washing, as well as farming and fetching water. If a girl runs away or dies, or even if the priest tires of her, she must be replaced by another girl from the family. Some girls in ritual servitude are the third or fourth girl in their family suffering for the same
 crime, sometimes for something as trite as the loss of trivial property.  If the priest should die, his Trokosi are passed on to his successor. Some girls do manage to get released, but they remain married to god for life. Many cannot marry, and remain indebted to the priest.


http://www.un.org/womenwatch/

http://www.un.org/ecosocdev/geninfo/afrec/vol15no4/154troko.htm

3 comments:

  1. I think it is important for you to share this information
    many people do not realize that slavery is more prominent today,
    that it has ever been in the past.

    great post

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  2. In this day and age...there are NO WORDS for THIS!

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  3. its not only practiced in Ghana but also in Togo, Benin and parts of Nigeria. Its estimated that 29,000 to 35,000 girls are in this bondage across these countries.

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