from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The practice of ritual servitude.
  • n. A person held in ritual servitude.


From the Ewe words tro ("god") + kosi ("female slave") (Wiktionary)


  • Julie Dogbadzi was only 7 years old when she became a slave in a Trokosi shrine in Kebenu, a village in Ghana.

    After A Life Of Slavery

  • Today Dogbadzi, 24, is still living in Ghana, where she is waging a one-woman campaign to help end Trokosi, practiced in seven of Ghana's 110 districts.

    After A Life Of Slavery

  • Trokosi, a cultural practice found mostly in the Volta region of western Africa, requires females to serve as slaves to shrine priests in reparation for the crimes of their family.

    After A Life Of Slavery

  • If a crime is committed and a girl is not enslaved, those who practice Trokosi believe that the gods will be unhappy, and members of the family may die.

    After A Life Of Slavery

  • But although Ghana passed a law last year making Trokosi illegal, a U.S.

    After A Life Of Slavery

  • In Ghana, for example, Trokosi continues to be practised in some parts of Ghana, affecting several thousand young girls.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Government agencies, such as the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice, maintained a ban on ritual servitude and campaigned against the Trokosi practice of pledging youth (commonly female teenagers) to extended service at shrines.

    Conservapedia - Recent changes [en]

  • PUNCTURED HOPE is inspired by the true life story of an African Trokosi slave who manages to escape.

    The Earth Times Online Newspaper

  • Trokosi is one of the widest spread forms of women slavery that exists today in the world.

    The Earth Times Online Newspaper

  • The outrageous and under-reported practice of trokosi, a religion-based form of justice-by-slavery still practiced in Ghana and other West African nations, is hardly given the dramatic treatment it deserves in the woefully conceived (and titled) "Punctured Hope: A Story About Trokosi and Young Girls 'Slavery in Today's West Africa."


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