Offered themselves as gifts to powerful soldiers and kings
In many African kingdoms, the royal household, court and soldiers were very much respected. During the slave trade, many such traders stayed away from the family of soldiers and the king for fear of being killed or imprisoned.
With the increasing demand for female slaves, many women, especially young girls offered themselves as gifts to soldiers and kings. Accepted, the women were protected from being captured. After a while soldiers and kings camped women in secret camps during slave raids.