Ongoing African Child Slave Trade

adakoun-smThe 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.


Child Soldiers

There are more than 300,000 children currently taking part in approximately 36 armed conflicts around the globe. These children, known as the world’s child soldiers, are, according to the Graca Machel report on the Impact of Armed Conflict on Children, defined as any person under 18 who is part of any kind of regular or irregular armed force or armed group in any capacity, including but not limited to, cooks, porters, messengers, fighters and also girls recruited for sexual purposes and forced marriage.  While many of these children are lawfully recruited, others are kidnapped or coerced into service.  Child soldiers are often used for the most treacherous tasks as they are regarded as being expendable and replaceable.

Child soldiers have recently been used by irregular armed forces in West Africa Angola, Sudan and the Horn of Africa (mainly Somalia). Reports also indicate that children have been used within in East Timor, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Afghanistan.

Both governments and non-state actors around the world have used children to fuel their armies.

These realities have compelled concerned governments, child rights groups and children themselves to demand a change in this ongoing reality. Whilst current international law allows children of 15 to lawfully take part in armed hostilities, there is a general and growing acceptance that this is far too young.



6 comments on “Ongoing African Child Slave Trade

  1. I’ve been reading about this for years now and I’m always at a lost as to what I can do. I think the biggest factor in this, is that childrenare Black. And please, let’s not forget who is behind this MOSTLY. And would be the Arabs, the same ones that are in the stores that you frequent. The ones that won’t hire a Black person nor piss on one if he was on fire.

    If I offended anyone, I hope you get over it. I have had to get over a lot of shit in my life.

    • The first thing is awareness. To understand that the white and jhw slave trade was modeled after the arab and habiru slave trade. The Arabs enslaved anyone that they could get their hands on. They would sell their own relatives for some trinkets. It is only when the white and jhw started to outmanouver the arabs and habiru, that the trade in WHITE slaves dwindled down to exclusivity, while the trade in Black enslaved picked up even more. The trade in white slaves still exists, but it has been monopolized by cabal agencies and other mafia, so do not expect them to help rescue Black children. That leaves… us.

    • As awareness will lead to understanding. It will become clear what our own part is, and what it should be. We can look at our own mistreatment to come to understand that if the brutality directed towards us has become part of their genetic make-up, then we have to put double effort in keeping our own children out of their reach. But the people who take over guardianship have to be sane of mind! Otherwise, what will be the use? If Black people can only act like Black Pete, then the children might as well get hands on experience with white Pete.
      So help where you can, but the most important thing is to break out of the prison within the prison of the prison that these white Petes forced us into. To know that the hurt felt in the past, was your mind protesting. And that protest is to be taken seriously, not those fake (yet, very realistic) prison walls.

    • As I look at the picture of the girl, I hope that she found a home void of further abuse. I have put her on display to call awareness to many children like her. Not just in Africa. I am yet to hear of a country where all children are treated like the apple of Ra’s eye. Not in words, but in action.
      She reminds me that my own mistreatment fades in comparison. So, if she is to be strong and live through ill treatment, then whatever these white Petes still got lined up for me to keep me from being a scholar, is not much of a thing. A thing that can be dealt with through Black Anon too.
      I cannot save the girl in the picture, but I can save myself from being born back into this hell and suffer her fate. Hey, this reminds me of my Haiti article on the starving children! I did not even realize that I was on a ‘save our children’ mission… I was just talking to myself in writing. Maybe I should look at writing something for young children still struggling. Hmmm.

  2. acj13 says:

    Reblogged this on revealingartisticthoughts and commented:
    Save Our Children!

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