Women September 30, 2018 at 12:00 pm

Five ways African women escaped capture and enslavement in the early 1800s

Elizabeth Ofosuah Johnson | Staff Writer

Elizabeth Ofosuah Johnson September 30, 2018 at 12:00 pm

September 30, 2018 at 12:00 pm | Women

Inserting plates in their lips to look unattractive

In parts of modern day Chad and Mali and other north African countries, many women were captured mainly because of their beauty. These women attracted the slave masters, merchants and sailors and they were very expensive and in high demand. Unfortunately, many were impregnated and killed on the ships by the time they got to their supposed destinations.

In order to avoid being captured women in Chad started to wear rings on their lips to expand it, leaving it flappy and very unattractive. The technique prevented many of them being sold into slavery and soon became part of tradition.


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