Theatre for a Change

Safety and freedom for trafficked girls in Ghana

In the Old Fadama slum in Accra, there live teenage girls who have been trafficked from rural areas and are now trapped in brothels, forced to sell sex. They are extremely vulnerable to HIV, pregnancy and violence. This project identifies, frees and supports these girls to reclaim their childhoods.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 29 November 2016 to 12:01 PM, 6 December 2016

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1104458)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£600

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    Category

  • Disaster ReliefDisaster Relief
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy

    Helping

Location

  • It is clear that Theatre for a Change has transformed - and very likely saved - the lives of many women and children.

    — Sarah Middleton-Lee, External Consultant

  • Anytime my boyfriend see me talking with another guy he beats me and he did it to the extent that he hit my head with a stone and I had to get surgery for that.

    — Grace*, young women living in brothel in Old Fadama (not her real name)

  • One day I mustered courage and looked straight in his eyes, like you taught us to have eye contact when we want to be assertive, and shouted back at him for the first time, and he just left me there without touching me. Previously I could not look him in the eye, or talk back at him. Now I am free.

    — Beatrice*, female sex worker and project participant, Old Fadama (not her real name)

  • One day I mustered courage and looked straight in his eyes, like you taught us to have eye contact when we want to be assertive, and shouted back at him for the first time, and he just left me there without touching me. Previously I could not look him in the eye, or talk back at him. Now I am free.

    — Beatrice*, female sex worker and project participant, Old Fadama (not her real name)

  • Anytime my boyfriend see me talking with another guy he beats me and he did it to the extent that he hit my head with a stone and I had to get surgery for that.

    — Grace*, young women living in brothel in Old Fadama (not her real name)

  • It is clear that Theatre for a Change has transformed - and very likely saved - the lives of many women and children.

    — Sarah Middleton-Lee, External Consultant

Situation

We have identified that there are between 50 and 100 girls aged 12 - 17 trapped in debt bondage in brothels in the Old Fadama slum in Accra, Ghana. The girls have been trafficked from rural areas and often have lost all contact with their families. The girls face regular sexual and physical violence from clients. They are at extremely high risk of contracting HIV, STIs and pregnancy. Hidden and isolated, most are unable to access healthcare, social support, or continue with their education.

Solution

Currently we work with female sex workers in Old Fadama who have identified the issue. Working hand in hand with these women, local health professionals and Ghana's social service and Police we will reach out to the girls and provide vital support. This will include enabling them to access high quality health care and supporting them to move to safer locations. We will also launch a prevention campaign, warning potential victims and their parents, across Ghana, of the dangers of trafficking.