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When Sex Threatened the StateIllicit Sexuality, Nationalism, and Politics in Colonial Nigeria, 1900-1958$
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Saheed Aderinto

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038884

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038884.001.0001

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Sexualized Laws, Criminalized Bodies

Sexualized Laws, Criminalized Bodies

Anti-prostitution Law and the Making of a New Socio-Sexual Order

(p.113) Chapter 5 Sexualized Laws, Criminalized Bodies
When Sex Threatened the State

Saheed Aderinto

University of Illinois Press

This chapter discusses how the criminal justice system assumed a prime position in the policing of prostitution. By differentiating between adult and child prostitution laws, the legal system played a significant role in molding public and official perceptions toward the identity of adult and underage practitioners of prostitution and the perceived menace each type of prostitution allegedly posed. Moreover, unlike the social interpretation of sex work, the new legal regime from the early 1940s institutionalized the criminalization of transactional sex as a component of social and public order. As such, prostitution became a component of the colonial state's maintenance of law and order, which was cardinal to the effective exploitation of the colonies.

Keywords:   adult prostitution law, child prostitution law, legal system, sex work, transactional sex, criminal justice system

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