West African Slave Trade
we have seen the revival of the once thriving slave
trade routes across West Africa, after a lapse of 25
years. Slavers have reappeared following the old
slave trade routes, except that trucks, jeeps and modern
four-wheel drive vehicles and, on occasions, aircraft,
have replaced the camels. The slavers often carry mobile
things, however, have not changed. Cunning,
deceit, the use of drugs to subdue the children and the
whip still remain part of the essential equipment of the
trade involves most states in sub-Saharan West Africa.
children are kidnapped or purchased for $20 - $70 each
by slavers in poorer states, such as Benin and Togo, and
sold into slavery in sex dens or as unpaid domestic
servants for $350.00 each in wealthier oil-rich states,
such as Nigeria and Gabon.
children are bought and sold as slaves. They are denied
an education, the chance to play or to use toys like
other children, and the right to a future. Their
lives are at the mercy of their masters, and suicide is
often the only escape.
material in this report is based on a Mission to West
Africa by the Society's Secretary-General, supplemented
by material from Cleophas Mally of WAO-Afrique.
SOCIETY IN ACTION
The Society, in
discharging its historic role, is currently working for
the suppression of the slave trade in West Africa and
the rescue of slave children.
IS THE SOCIETY IN ACTION
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