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Call for Papers: Sex trafficking from Nigeria to Europe

Call For Papers ECPACT

IFRA-Nigeria in partnership with ECPAT France call for papers on the theme: "Researching and understanding sex trafficking from Nigeria to Europe."

 Deadline for submissions: March 20th, 2022.


Today, general knowledge on trafficking for sexual exploitation from Nigeria to Europe relies mainly on grey literature and policy oriented research produced in the West. So far, these analyses have drawn a criminalized approach based on the dichotomy between victims and perpetrators. In order to understand how trafficking phenomena emerged, sustained itself and developed over the years, it is essential to adopt a renewed approach. By looking at the various actors, as well as the political, social and economical factors from a grassroots perspective, but also by combining research material collected in different settings, this book project will offer an original standpoint.

Based on empirical research conducted in Nigeria and in Europe, the papers gathered in this book project will shed light on complex and intertwined transnational dynamics, multiple layers of actors and unexplored aspects of sex trafficking. From the role of ‘native justice’ in the sustenance of an exploitative system to the emergence of new social categories among the male actors of the networks, this collective study will provides original data collected on the field by European and Nigerian researchers. Using comparative perspectives and combining sources, their work will offer an unprecedented analysis of a particularly sensitive issue.

The result of this collective effort to document and analyse trafficking from Nigeria will then serve as a plea for multi-situated ethnography, for collaborations and for more inclusive research.


Papers should be based on empirical research and original first-hand data collected in the field by researchers themselves. Research material must be from previous or on-going fieldwork. Papers based on prospective research will not be accepted.

Any relevant topic related to trafficking for sexual exploitation from Nigeria to Europe can be addressed, including (but limited to) the following themes:

  • Role and place of men in trafficking systems
  • Interactions between trafficking and religion
  • The role of parents and families
  • Social and economical effects of anti-trafficking campaigns
  • Local impacts of trafficking
  • Integration of Returnees

Papers addressing methodological and/or theoretical issues regarding research on Trafficking are also welcome, but they should be backed up by fieldwork experience.

In order to submit your paper proposal, kindly fill this form and send it, together with a short CV, to both email addresses: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. AND This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Deadline for submission: March 20, 2022.

Selection decisions will be communicated before March 31st.

Then, authors of the selected papers will be invited to participate (online or live) in a one-day-workshop organized by the coordinators  at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, on the 13th of April 2022

Our subsequent objective will be to publish a collective book based on a selection of the best contributions (publisher to be determined).




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