IJLPHL 2017 Volume 4 Issue 1

International Journal of Law, Psychology and Human Life (IJLPHL) ISSN: 2319 – 8494

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The Nexus between Perception and Human Trafficking Prevalence in Nigeria. Ahmed O. Ogunwale. IJLPHL (2017), 4(1):1-7




The Nexus between Perception and Human Trafficking Prevalence in Nigeria

Authors & Affiliation:

Ahmed O. Ogunwale, Ph.D

Crescent University, P.M.B. 2104 Sapon, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria

Tel: +234-803-538-5838.

E-Mail: asiwaju1@yahoo.co.uk


Human trafficking is modern-day slavery that poses grievous socio-economic consequences in the Nigerian society. Trafficking in persons from Nigeria has taken varied forms and has been on the increase over the years. Nigeria is subject to both internal and international flows of human trafficking. The country also serves as a transit corridor through which traffickers convey their victims to other countries. Empirical studies have focused on the socio-economic effects of human trafficking to the neglect of the impact of individual and societal perception on the crime. This study, therefore, examined the influence of individual/ societal awareness and perception on the prevalence of human trafficking. Data were collected from both the victims of trafficking and randomly selected households across the country. Focus Group Discussions (FGD) were also held at various locations to compliment questionnaire administration. Findings showed significant variations in the level of awareness and how different ethnic groups perceive the practice of human trafficking. This hinders the efforts of government at coordinating resources to eradicate the menace in the country. A comprehensive awareness and enlightenment programmes are recommended to reduce the spate of trafficking in persons.

Key words: Trafficking, awareness, perception, culture, enlightenment.