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THE HORRENDOUS EFFECTS OF CHILD TRAFFICKING: A CASE STUDY IN ABAKALIKI URBAN AREA OF EBONYI STATE OF NIGERIA

Authors

  • C. Nnebedum Department of Sociology, Godfrey Okoye University (GOU), Emene, Enugu State, Nigeria
  • C. P. Ogugua Department of Sociology, Bielefeld University, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.52417/ojssh.v3i1.320

Keywords:

Abakaliki, Child-trafficking, domestic work, human trafficking, slavery, street hawking

Abstract

The concept of child trafficking remains one of the quagmires facing Nigeria in recent times. This study, which was carried out in 2019, empirically examines the perceived effects of child trafficking on children in Ebonyi state of Nigeria. The objectives are to ascertain the different forms of child trafficking in Abakaliki urban of Ebonyi state; identify causes; determine the effect on the behaviour of the children, and suggest plausible ways of curbing the crime. The study employed an empirical survey. The population of the study which is 120,173 (NPC,2018) was extracted from Abakaliki Urban area and the sample size of the study which is 400 was computed using Taro Yamane statistic. Questionnaires and interviews were used as instruments for the gathering of data. Frequency tables/percentages were used to analyze the data as presented in this paper and to test the hypotheses of the study, the Chi-Square (X2) statistic was employed. The research reveals that child trafficking exists in Abakaliki urban of Ebonyi state. The research reveals further that the major causes of child trafficking in Abakaliki urban area of Ebonyi State are the quest for more income and greed. The research reveals further that child trafficking significantly affects the emotional state of children in Ebonyi state. With the proper measures put in places such as the creation of more job opportunities, persecution of offenders and proper monitoring of suspected cases of child trafficking, the case of child trafficking in the Abakaliki Urban Area can be curbed.

Published

2022-03-23

How to Cite

Nnebedum, C., & Ogugua, C. P. (2022). THE HORRENDOUS EFFECTS OF CHILD TRAFFICKING: A CASE STUDY IN ABAKALIKI URBAN AREA OF EBONYI STATE OF NIGERIA. Open Journal of Social Science and Humanities (ISSN: 2734-2077) , 3(1), 18-32. https://doi.org/10.52417/ojssh.v3i1.320