Brazilian Woman Auctions Virginity for $780,000
Girls in West Africa offered into sexual slavery as 'wives of gods'
Wisdom Mensah does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. There are global efforts fighting modern slavery, but one traditional system is still holding strong in West Africa: Trokosi. Until the Trokosi system came to the attention of the general public in the s, girls sent to the shrines stayed for life. When they die, the family must replace her with another virgin girl. This means that the family will pay reparation, of one girl, forever. The Trokosi system is based on the belief that gods have the power to search for wrongdoers and punish them.
Interagency statement calls for the elimination of “virginity-testing”
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Virginity testing is a form of gender-based violence and is a widely discredited practice. The doctor suggested that stopping the tests required the direct and explicit intervention of Indonesian Armed Forces commander Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo to order an end to the practice.