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A 'Neo-Abolitionist Trend' in Sub-Saharan Africa? Regional Anti-Trafficking Patterns and a Preliminary Legislative Taxonomy


Benjamin N. Lawrance


Rochester Institute of Technology

Ruby P. Andrew


Southern University Law Center

July 1, 2011

Seattle Journal of Social Justice, Vol. 9, Issue 2, pp. 599-678

Abstract:     
From the late 1990s anti-trafficking agencies – including domestic and regional NGOs and inter-governmental organizations – called on African nations to take legislative action to combat child trafficking. Responding to this advocacy, the US State Department added further political pressure to enact change. This article explores the content of anti-trafficking legislation in sub-Saharan Africa as it addresses the problems of coercion and parental responsibility. We examine the forms and content of the laws, using examples from several countries, and analyze the current wave of anti-trafficking legislation based on their respective responses to international models for criminalization of the parental role in child trafficking.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 80

Keywords: legislation, human trafficking, slavery, child abuse, human rights, West Africa, Trafficking Victims Protection Act

JEL Classification: K19, K33, K42, N40, N47, R23

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Date posted: September 8, 2010 ; Last revised: November 14, 2013

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Lawrance, Benjamin N. and Andrew, Ruby P., A 'Neo-Abolitionist Trend' in Sub-Saharan Africa? Regional Anti-Trafficking Patterns and a Preliminary Legislative Taxonomy (July 1, 2011). Seattle Journal of Social Justice, Vol. 9, Issue 2, pp. 599-678. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1673483

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Benjamin N. Lawrance
Rochester Institute of Technology ( email )
United States
HOME PAGE: http://www.rit.edu/cla/office_of_the_dean.php#3
Ruby P. Andrew (Contact Author)
Southern University Law Center ( email )
P.O. Box 9294
Baton Rouge, LA 70813
United States
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