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Title:'The problem of Nigeria is slavery, not white slave traffic': globalization and the politicization of prostitution in Southern Nigeria, 1921-1955
Author:Aderinto, SaheedISNI
Periodical:Canadian Journal of African Studies (ISSN 0008-3968)
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:human trafficking
colonial policy
Abstract:This article challenges a well-established assumption in the social sciences and among nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that prostitution is a 'new' postcolonial challenge of Africa's development that 'suddenly' emerged in the aftermath of the economic and social impacts of the Structural Adjustment Programmes of the mid-1980s. By uncovering the first major domestic and transnational prostitution in Nigeria between the 1920s and 1950s, the article seeks to connect colonial history of prostitution with what is esoterically designated in postcolonial studies and popular literature as 'human trafficking'. But more significantly, it demonstrates how and why the colonialists disguised domestic and transnational prostitution - also known in world politics as white slave traffic - as domestic slavery. The article observes that scholars have under-researched the interaction between global and local forces in the making of colonial Africa's politics of sex. In addition, how the politics of abolition of domestic slavery in colonial Africa dovetails with the regulation of prostitution has not received critical attention, despite the fact that the rhetoric of barbarism of human cargo featured prominently in the justification for the encroachment and colonization of the continent. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]