This is a course designed to heighten student awareness of the significant global problem of human trafficking. In the course we will examine various intentions for which human beings are trafficked to include prostitution, child soldiers, domestic servitude, field and factory labor, begging, international adoption, human organs and mail-order-brides. We will examine modern day slavery as it relates to human trafficking, and will give attention both to trafficking of adults and of children. You will consider the difference between human smuggling and human trafficking. Since human trafficking is a global problem, we will look at the geographical routes that it commonly takes, and you will develop understanding of factors in both the source countries and destination countries that allow trafficking to persist. We will examine international efforts to address human trafficking via prevention, rescue and rehabilitation of victims.
Field WorkCountry: Ghana
Date: September 27, 2017
There is a little known form of trafficking known in Ghana, Benin, Nigeria and Togo called Trokosi Slavery. In Ghana Trokosi is practiced by the Ewe tribe, primarily in the rural areas. Simply speaking, when a family member commits a crime, minor or major, the Ewe believe that a virgin girl between the ages of 8 and 15 must be sacrificed to the temple priest to earn forgiveness from the gods. The girl is his to exploit for labor and sex. Although this practice is outlawed in Ghana, estimates suggest that there are more than 5,000 Trokosi Slaves there. For our field class we will visit a Ghanaian NGO in Accra working to end this practice called International Needs Ghana. We will also visit an Ewe temple where we will meet with the priest to learn more about the Ewe traditions and practices. Finally we will visit the Center for National Culture, a large crafts market where we will shop and have the opportunity to view traditional Kente cloth woven by the Ewe people.
1. Students will consider the religious traditions of the Ewe tribe in Ghana.
2. Students will be able to explain Trokosi slavery in Ghana.
3. Students will evaluate efforts within Ghana to end the practice of Trokosi slavery.