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The ‘Girl-Hawking War’ in Colonial Lagos

  • Oluwakemi A. Adesina
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Abstract

Beginning in the late 1930s, there was a growing concern about the increase in the number of “girl hawkers” on the streets of Lagos, Nigeria. Although hawking of wares was a traditional occupation for boys and girls, by the late 1930s, it was clearly linked to prostitution. Girls as young as nine years of age were being lured into prostitution. This chapter explores the efforts of the colonial government in association with local women’s groups to prevent girls from working as prostitutes. These efforts included the creation of a social welfare system, the establishment of juvenile courts, and provisions for the training of girls as domestic servants.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Oluwakemi A. Adesina
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  1. 1.Redeemer’s UniversityEdeNigeria

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