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Ed White, GCRI president, interviewing Trokosi gathered for their liberation ceremony. The stories of their years in bondage were horrific.
These men are shrine owners and/or priests (we would call them witch doctors). They will give public assurance that the Trokosi are released and they (the men) will no longer accept girls as payment for sin.
A public ceremony with many high officials in the Ghanian government attending will mark the beginning hour of their liberation.
In the Volta River region of Ghana a form of slavery is practiced that defies imagination. When a man commits a sin, he is required to send his young virgin daughter to work as a slave for the local witchdoctor. The practice and the girls are called "Trokosi." Girls are usually between the ages of five and twelve. They become the slaves of the diety and remain in the shrine villages for periods of a few years to life. The girls become the "wives" of the god, thereby serving the priests as sexual partners as they desire.
How are they liberated? God's people, particularly through Ghanian national efforts and Every Child Ministries, have endeavored to mobilize the Christian community. GCRI donors have joined in these efforts. Through a collection of funds and often tedious and prolonged negotiations, an agreement is reached with the shrine owners to liberate the women and never to resume practicing Trokosi again.