Trafficking in Slavery's Wake: Law and the Experience of Women and Children in Africa

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Women and children have been bartered, pawned, bought, and sold within and beyond Africa for longer than records have existed. This important collection examines the ways trafficking in women and children has changed from the aftermath of the “end of slavery” in Africa from the late nineteenth century to the present.

The formal abolition of the slave trade and slavery did not end the demand for servile women and children. Contemporary forms of human trafficking are deeply interwoven with their historical precursors, and scholars and activists need to be informed about the long history of trafficking in order to better assess and confront its contemporary forms. This book brings together the perspectives of leading scholars, activists, and other experts, creating a conversation that is essential for understanding the complexity of human trafficking in Africa.

Human trafficking is rapidly emerging as a core human rights issue for the twenty-first century. Trafficking in Slavery’s Wake is excellent reading for the researching, combating, and prosecuting of trafficking in women and children.

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“Each of the chapters in Trafficking in Slavery’s Wake could stand as a solo article. However, the beauty of the collection is that the pieces say much more when grouped than they would as stand-alones. Patterns emerge. Continuities and discontinuities over time become apparent. Moreover, the contributors have clearly challenged each other to think in new ways.” – Walter Hawthorne, professor of African history at Michigan State University, author of From Africa to Brazil: Culture, Identity, and an Atlantic Slave Trade, 1600–1830

Trafficking in Slavery's Wake respresents a thorough reading of archival material and is empirically grounded in capturing the nuanced experiences of women and children.”—African Historical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821420027
  • Publisher: Ohio University Press
  • Publication date: 9/21/2012
  • Series: New African Histories Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 646,453
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Benjamin N. Lawrance is the Barber B. Conable, Jr. Endowed Professor of International Studies at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is the author of Local Foods Meet Global Foodways: Tasting History, Locality, Mobility, and ‘Nation’; Interpreters, Intermediaries and Clerks; and The Ewe of Togo and Benin.

Richard L. Roberts is the Frances and Charles Field Professor of History and the Director of the Center for African Studies at Stanford University. His most recent books include Domestic Violence and the Law in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa and Muslim Family Law in Sub-Saharan Africa: Colonial Legacies and Postcolonial Challenges.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction Contextualizing Trafficking in Women and Children in Africa Benjamin N. Lawrance Richard L. Roberts 1

Part I Trafficking in Colonial Africa

Chapter 1 Trafficking and Reenslavement

The Social Vulnerability of Women and Children in Nineteenth-Century East Africa Elisabeth Mcmahon 29

Chapter 2 "Without the Slave Trade, No Recruitment" From Slave Trading to "Migrant Recruitment" in the Lower Congo, 1830-90 Jelmer Vos 45

Chapter 3 The End of Slavery, "Crises" over Trafficking, and the Colonial State in the French Soudan Richard L. Roberts 65

Chapter 4 "Under the Guise of Guardianship and Marriage" Mobilizing Juvenile and Female Labor in the Aftermath of Slavery in Kayes, French Soudan, 1900-1939 Marie Rodet 86

Chapter 5 Sex Trafficking, Prostitution, and the Law in Colonial British West Africa, 1911-43 Carina Ray 101

Chapter 6 Islamic Law and Trafficking in Women and Children in the Indian Ocean World Bernard K. Freamon 121

Part II Contemporary Antitrafficking in Africa and Beyond

Chapter 7 Trafficking and Human Exploitation in International Law, with Special Reference to Women and Children in Africa Jean Allain 145

Chapter 8 Documenting Child Slavery with Personal Testimony The Origins of Antitrafficking NGOs and Contemporary Neo-abolitionism Benjamin N. Lawrance 163

Chapter 9 Child-Trafficking Policymaking between Africa and Europe Margaret Akullo 184

Chapter 10 The Story of Elsie

A Case Study of Trafficking in Contemporary South Africa Susan Kreston 205

Chapter 11 Ranking States

Tracking the State Effect in West African Antitrafficking Campaigns Liza Stuart Buchbinder 221

Afterword The Paradox of Women, Children, and Slavery 241

Kevin Bales Jody Sarich

Selected Bibliography 255

Notes on Contributors 259

Index 265

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