Trafficking in persons (TIP) in Nigeria: Its etiology and control measures
Fan Akpan Fan, Shalli Jummai Magaji
It is obvious that the illicit trafficking in persons especially women and children is an oven-hot global problem and Nigeria is trapped in the web. Women have been dehumanized or killed in the process. A girl-child could be used by sex merchants and patrons in pornography by being subjected to sexual ordeals with such Erotic animals like Alsatian and apes. She would end up with monumental but hidden pediatric problems. This paper is therefore a clarion call on all governments to explore strategies to curb this scourge. Some of the identified causes of human trafficking include greed, unfavourable economic conditions, poverty, unequal access to basic amenities, shallow commitment to ethical imperatives of an orderly society by Nigerian parents, ignorance, lack of formal education or the diabolical mindset of some Nigerians to tackle this social malady. The Federal Republic of Nigeria should make Social Studies and Civic Education compulsory in all tiers of the school system. Social Studies is an eclectic, value-laden and problem-solving discipline. Civic Education and social engineering are Siamese twins. Civic Education is the study of the process through which people acquire knowledge, skills, attitudes, values and positive disposition that are needed for an effective democratic citizenship. Additionally, all the three tiers of government (Federal, state and local) should establish community counseling centres charged with the responsibility of counseling members of the community against trafficking in persons.