I was in the city of Ouidah, which was also one of the three main slave ports sending slaves to the West for 350 years. The priestess I stayed with was the great great (not sure how many greats are needed here) granddaughter of the head slave trader (a Brazillian) designated by the King. Slavery existed here already and was not imported by the West. The story of the slaves is powerful and was omnipresent for me. Child trafficking is another big issue there and I met several children who escaped. I also traveled with an NGO that educates parents in villages how to avoid being a victim of the trafficker’s scams.
I had no pre-existing fascination with voodoo but DID have a bad case of cabin-fever in late 2013 when I made this trip. Let’s just say that voodoo, slavery, witches, and child trafficking, were a more than adequate antidote for my cabin fever. Next, I’m working with the local NGO to purchase a home (and provide services) for homeless street children in that area. Let me know if you’d like to help.