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Title:Strangers, indigenes and child kidnapping in late colonial Lagos
Author:Osifodunrin, Paul
Periodical:Lagos Historical Review (ISSN 1596-5031)
Geographic term:Nigeria
human trafficking
colonial administration
Abstract:This article, focusing on child kidnapping, examines the involvement of strangers and indigenes in the commission of the offence in late colonial Lagos, Nigeria. The author argues on the basis of written evidence in colonial newspapers and records, that both strangers and indigenes perpetrated the crime. But unlike the offender-indigenes that operated within a protective societal structure that concealed their identity, the strangers, who often acted alone and were not fully integrated into the Lagos society, had no hiding place therefore they were easily identified, reported and prosecuted by the colonial administration. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]