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Anti-trafficking Policies, Practices, and Politics in West Africa

1:30pm - 2:30pm / Wednesday 4th May 2022
Type: Seminar / Category: Department
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Child domestic workers are among those in need of rescue according to dominant discourse on trafficking because they are often victims of different kinds of exploitation, and there is a wide range of international policy documents guiding actors working to rescue these children. Based on an ethnographic study in Nigeria, this paper unpacks the politics around existing policies and operations to rescue these children in West Africa. It argues that anti-trafficking policies are often accompanied with surveillant powers in ways that ‘rescue missions’ become more about meeting ‘global standards’- rather than what is relevant or problematic in local settings.