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Oil Economy and Female Prostitution in Port Harcourt

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The research directs attention to the relationship between oil economy and increase in female prostitution. Specifically, we x-ray the historical and dialectical origin of prostitution from the colonial to the post colonial era. We contend that, prostitution is a condition imposed on females from low income background by poverty and that oil exploration and exploitation activities which are a manifest consequence of the expanded reproduction of capital (ERC) accentuate the rate of prostitution particularly in Port Harcourt. It is against this backdrop that, we attempt to demystify the social processes and the dynamic relations that produce prostitution with a view to recommending theoretical and practical measures of curbing prostitution as a social problem.


International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences (Volume 42)
C. Poroma et al., "Oil Economy and Female Prostitution in Port Harcourt", International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences, Vol. 42, pp. 121-132, 2015
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