More and more children in Ghana work as prostitutes. Melphia, 13, is one of them. She lives in a slum and at night, she has sex with businessmen, police officers and, increasingly, tourists. Every evening, Melphia leaves a place locals refer to as "hell on earth" and goes somewhere even worse.
Forced into prostitution, Nigerian women are victims of a network that uses 'fetish priests' to manipulate them. She arrived in Ghana in May, having left a crowded hostel room in Lagos, Nigeria , hoping to secure work in sales or as a waitress and send her income to her mother in central Nigeria's Ondo State. But after a one-day bus trip from Lagos to Accra, her dreams crumbled as she reached the green hills of Kumasi. Most of her money goes back into the "system" - to a "madam", a Nigerian woman, and middlemen such as hotel managers. Women and girls like Jennifer, with some as young as 14, are victims of a trafficking network that benefits several people from Nigeria to Ghana.
The status of women in Ghana and their roles in Ghanaian society has changed over the past few decades. Multiple forms of violence against women still exist in Ghana. The government of Ghana has signed on to numerous international goals and conventions to enhance women's rights in Ghana. Although women are guaranteed political participation rights under the Ghana Constitution, there is a lack of female representation in government.
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