“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 provides much-needed historical context and conceptualization of the problem of trafficking, with specific attention to its impact on the continent of Africa.…[It is] a highly readable, richly researched, and interdisciplinary set of chapters, appropriate for college students and policy-makers alike.…A great strength…is that it deconstructs categories and historicizes processes while also suggesting solutions to the problem of human trafficking.”
Journal of Global History
“Human trafficking, a central human rights concern of the 21st century, is a phenomenon with deep historical roots…. Based on a wide range of written and oral sources, (Trafficking in Slavery’s Wake) gives special prominence to the voices of women and children. Summing Up: Highly recommended.”
“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
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.
Contributors: 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, and Jelmer Vos.
Benjamin N. Lawrance is a professor of African history at the University of Arizona and author of Amistad’s Orphans: An Atlantic Story of Children, Slavery, and Smuggling.
Richard L. Roberts directs the Center for African Studies at Stanford University. His books include Trafficking in Slavery’s Wake: The Experience of Women and Children in Africa, edited with Benjamin N. Lawrance.
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