Mobile Africa: Human Trafficking and the Digital Divide

Mirjam van Reisen (Editor), Munyaradzi Mawere (Editor), Mia Stokmans (Editor), Kinfe Abraha Gebre-Egziabher (Editor)

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What happens at the nexus of the digital divide and human trafficking? This book examines the impact of the introduction of new digital information and communication technology (ICT) – as well as lack of access to digital connectivity – on human trafficking. The different studies presented in the chapters show the realities for people moving along the Central Mediterranean route from the Horn of Africa through Libya to Europe. The authors warn against an over-optimistic view of innovation as a solution and highlight the relationship between technology and the crimes committed against vulnerable people in search of protection.

In this volume, the third in a four-part series ‘Connected and Mobile: Migration and Human Trafficking in Africa’, relevant new theories are proposed as tools to understand the dynamics that appear in mobile Africa. Most importantly, the editors identify critical ethical issues in relation to both technology and human trafficking and the nexus between them, helping explore the dimensions of new responsibilities that need to be defined. The chapters in this book represent a collection of well-documented empirical investigations by a young and diverse group of researchers, addressing critical issues in relation to innovation and the perils of our time.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBamendaa, Cameroon
PublisherLangaa RPCIG
Number of pages762
ISBN (Print)9789956551132
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameConnected and Mobile: Migration and Human Trafficking in Africa


  • migration
  • human trafficking
  • refugees
  • Eritrea
  • digital era
  • digital technology
  • Trafficking for ransom
  • central mediterranean route
  • Digital divide


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