BREAD Working Paper No. 582, December 2020

Female Genital Cutting and the Slave Trade Lucia Corno, Eliana La Ferrara, Alessandra Voena Abstract We investigate the historical origins of female genital cutting (FGC), a harmful practice widespread across Africa. We test the hypothesis –substantiated by historical sources– that FGC was connected to the Red Sea slave trade route, where women were sold as […]