ANTI-SLAVERY
SOCIETY

FIGHTING SLAVERY TODAY

The Modern
West African Slave Trade

Recently, 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 telephones.

Some 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 professional slaver.

The trade involves most states in sub-Saharan West Africa.

The 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.

These 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.

The 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.

 

THE 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.

THIS IS THE SOCIETY IN ACTION 

 

Links to other pages dealing with slavery in West Africa:

Traditional slavery in West Africa

Slavery on the cocoa plantations in West Africa


Links to other pages dealing with slavery:

Does slavery still exist?

What is slavery?

Child slavery in South Asia

Hierodulic servitude in South Asia

Odalisques

Rescuing slaves

Slavery Convention 1926


Links to pages on related topics:

Trafficking of children

Trafficking of women


Links to pages dealing with other servile conditions falling short of slavery:

Bonded child labor

Servile concubinage

Serfdom

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