International Ministries Missionary & Social Worker,
Baptist Vocational Training center, Ghana
In partnership with the Ghana Baptist Convention, Rovaughna works at the Baptist Vocational Training Center in a ministry rescuing, rehabilitating and educating young women who had been victims of a cultural practice called Trokosi, which has elements of human trafficking. Rovaughna’s mental health and social work background have particularly equipped her for this work.
What is Trokosi?
In Ghana, young women can be forced to become a trokosi, "a wife of the gods" extorted to a life of labor and sexual servitude to the shrine priests. The young girl, usually between the age of 8 and 12, is chosen and given to the gods as pardon for an offense committed by another family member. The offender's family must give up the young virgin who will be forced to spend the rest of her life as a slave to the priest or be stoned to death by her village. Although the practice became illegal in 1998 this tradition still takes place in the Volta region of Ghana. There are over 2000 women still captive. Learn more about my mission and how you can help.