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Ed White, GCRI president, interviewing soon to be released Trokosi women regarding their experience as Trokosi slaves.
In Ghana, West Africa, the Trokosi religion requires a young virgin to be enslaved by the local witch doctor for payment for the sins of the father. The girls (named Trokosi) serve a life sentence under horrific conditions. They serve in the fields under forced labor, provide sexual services on demand, and are terrifically abused for disobedience. They do not run away for fear the witch doctor will curse their families.
GCRI bought the freedom of an entire village so that indigenous Christian workers, counselors, and pastors, previously forbidden to enter these Trokosi villages, can bring the liberating Gospel of Jesus Christ and establish local churches. The conversion rate among these released young women and their chidlren is extremely high as they learn that Jesus paid the penalty for sin if we accept His payment and trust Him to be our Lord and Savior. Upon liberation, the witch doctor agrees in a very pubic ceremony never to take girls into Trokosi captivity again. Part of the funds provided send the girls to learn a trade as most have never been to school.
Photos provided by GCRI.