The Road to Italy: Nigerian Sex Workers at Home and Abroad


Achebe, Nwando. 2004. “The Road to Italy: Nigerian Sex Workers at Home and Abroad.” Journal of Women’s History 15 (4): 178-85.

Author: Nwando Achebe


In an attempt to navigate the contours of the unique Nigerian institution of commercial sex work, Achebe provides two short cases that are various in ethnicity (the Igbo and Edo), locality (rural Nigeria and international prostitution), and in the very way the practitioners define and construct their work. He claims that the realities of Nigerian prostitutes vary considerably depending on geography, ethnicity, and levels of dislocation from community and family.

Topics: Gender, Livelihoods, Sexual Livelihoods, Trafficking, Sex Trafficking Regions: Africa, West Africa Countries: Nigeria

Year: 2004

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