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‘Shock and awe’: a critique of the Ghana-centric child trafficking discourse

Okyere, Samuel

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Samuel Okyere



Abstract

This paper is a critique of the dominant anti-trafficking discourse and activism in Ghana. The paper argues that the discourse grossly underplays the role played by external forces in shaping the conditions underpinning children’s labour mobility in the past and the hardships underpinning the phenomenon today. In place of critical analysis and understanding, anti-child-trafficking campaigns employ melodramatic ‘shock and awe’ tactics and a tendency to blame local culture or traditions for activists’ claims of ‘pervasive’ child trafficking in the country. The paper suggests that dominant anti-trafficking discourse and activism in Ghana thus reinvigorate historic and persistent external causal agents of inequality which drive Ghanaian children’s labour mobility today. The paper demonstrates this problem and offers correctives to it.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal Anti-Trafficking Review
Print ISSN 2286-7511
Electronic ISSN 2287-0113
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 9
APA6 Citation Okyere, S. (in press). ‘Shock and awe’: a critique of the Ghana-centric child trafficking discourse. Anti-Trafficking Review, 9, https://doi.org/10.14197/atr.20121797
DOI https://doi.org/10.14197/atr.20121797
Keywords child trafficking, anti-trafficking, Ghana, history, Volta lake, political, Africa, fishing
Publisher URL http://www.antitraffickingreview.org/index.php/atrjournal/article/view/266
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf

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