Human trafficking for ransom is a new form of trafficking facilitated by digitally-supported communication, particularly, mobile phones. But why do Eritreans appear to be among the most vulnerable to this form of trafficking? This chapter looks at the role of network gatekeepers, and the dependence of Eritrean refugees, who live in a ‘black hole’ in the digital architecture, on these gatekeepers, placing them at the mercy of smugglers and traffickers.
|Title of host publication||Mobile Africa|
|Subtitle of host publication||Human Trafficking and the Digital Divide|
|Place of Publication||Bamendaa, Cameroon|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|
- Black hole
- human trafficking
- mobile phones