Child Trafficking in the Aftermath of the 1929 Aba Women's War
Dr. Robin Chapdelaine, Duquesne University
Monday, March 16, 2020 – 4:30-6pm
Child trafficking in Nigeria thrived in the decade that followed the 1929 Women’s War. Dr. Robin Phylisia Chapdelaine’s talk will illustrate that despite humanitarian and colonial efforts to investigate and end domestic slavery, the underlying economic conditions of the Colony prevented any measurable decrease in child trafficking. Dr. Chapdelaine explores British colonial misconceptions about indigenous slave dealing networks and the administration’s failure to understand the socio-economic value of children. Evaluating colonial, anthropological, and legal records, along with oral histories helps create a deeper understanding of the participation of men, women and children in child trafficking schemes. The talk is based on a chapter in her forthcoming book, The Persistence of Slavery: An Economic History of Child Trafficking in Nigeria (University of Massachusetts Press).
This talk is part of the African Studies Program’s Critical Research on Africa series and is jointly sponsored by UCIS-African Studies, the Department of History, and the Department of Africana Studies.