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

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

80 Pages Posted: 8 Sep 2010 Last revised: 14 Nov 2013

Benjamin N. Lawrance

Rochester Institute of Technology

Ruby P Andrew

Southern University Law Center

Date Written: July 1, 2011

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.

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

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

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1673483

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
56 Steptoe Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70813-9294
United States

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