This paper presented at a conference on the impact of colonialism on Nigerian women, is basically an exploratory attempt into an aspect of our colonial experience that has remained opaque. It explores the relationship between colonialism and prostitution using Idoma society as a case study. It is the contention of this paper that one outcome of colonialism in Idoma society, was the development of prostitution. As far as that society is concerned, the adage that prostitution is the oldest profession is not correct. Prostitution for them was a product of economic and social problem brought by British colonialism.
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