Moving ‘White Man’s Deads’ Is No Second-Hand Business by Olumide Abimbola

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Rag Trade: second hand clothing in Benin

The second hand clothing trade links Nigeria with its neighbour Benin in an intricate we. We engage issues that connect different actors in the trade: rich clothing importers meet Nigerians who go to buy in Cotonou, and smugglers meet Cotonou-based middlemen.

Leading off from two cases that were brought before the dispute settlement mechanism of the Secondhand Clothing Traders Association in and around February, 2008, we focus on the structure of the trade.

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