Department of Anthropology

Oghoadena Osezua




ANT 324L • Human Trafficking West Afr

31636 • Spring 2020
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM PAR 101
GC (also listed as AFR 374C, WGS 340)

Despite the overwhelming research on human trafficking in Asia, Europe and the Americas, relatively very scanty information is known about the global pandemic in Africa. For instance, major parts of West Africa economies are largely dependent on the exploitation of natural economic resources like agriculture and mining. The region has the fastest growing population rates with disproportionate social amenities, inadequate physical infrastructures, uncontrolled urbanization, high incidence of unemployment, poverty, pervading insecurities and weak social institutions with wide inequities in distribution of wealth amidst very conspicuous gender inequality. All these factors have contributed to making human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation a viable option for both the traffickers and the trafficked. The ethnographic study of human trafficking is imperative to capturing the complex dynamics associated with sex trafficking as such analyses go beyond the individuals and assess the context; political economy, social cultural environment and the legal/ regulatory frameworks in the region, Nigeria in West Africa, a significant source, transit point, and destination for sex-trafficking. Hence, historical processes, social institutions within pervasive patriarchal structures in which this phenomenon of human trafficking is implicated will be examined, engaging ethnographic lens. This course will introduce students to the challenges of human trafficking and other endemic forms of exploitation, highlighting critical factors associated with its prevalence. The attendant consequences of human trafficking on selected social structures in the region will be explored.


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