Trafficking in Slavery’s Wake — 2012

Law and the Experience of Women and Children in Africa

Edited by Benjamin N. Lawrance and Richard L. Roberts

“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, Michigan State University, author of From Africa to Brazil

“This is a paradigm-shifting volume…a ground-breaking book with potential to change not only academic theory but also legal practice on the enslavement and trafficking of African women and children.”

Benedetta Rossi — Slavery & Abolition

“(Trafficking in Slavery’s Wake) contributes to human trafficking scholarship by analyzing it, not as a new phenomenon, but as a modern iteration of slavery…. The volume’s easy readability makes it a valuable pedagogical tool at both the graduate and undergraduate level. And while each chapter of the volume provides unique insight into the human rights issue, the essays’ diverse approaches and source material contribute even more to human trafficking scholarship collectively.”

World History Connected

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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.

Margaret Akullo
Jean Allain
Kevin Bales
Liza Stuart Buchbinder
Bernard K. Freamon
Susan Kreston
Benjamin N. Lawrance
Elisabeth McMahon
Carina Ray
Richard L. Roberts
Marie Rodet
Jody Sarich
Jelmer Vos

Benjamin N. Lawrance is the Hon. 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.

Cover of 'Trafficking in Slavery’s Wake'


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