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Women, Poverty and Trafficking: A Contextual Exposition of the Nigerian Situation

Fayomi, Oluyemi Oyenike (2009) Women, Poverty and Trafficking: A Contextual Exposition of the Nigerian Situation. Journal of' Management and Social Sciences, 5 (1). pp. 65-79.

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Human trafficking is beginning to attract global attention as a result of its detrimental consequences for development. This is especially so in the Atrican context where the incidence of human trafficking- especially women's Trafficking has been incrc;,asingly attributed to the incidence of po,·erty worsened by the nco-imperialist ccpitalist pattern of development culture which maximizes individual profiteering and well-being above communal well being. Formal and informal discourses in Social Sciences have tended to link the incidence of women trafficking with the ri~ing incidence of poverty in the 21st Century African State. This paper questions the veracity in the proposed systemic connections between pove1ty and trafficking especially with regards to women's trafficking in Nigeria. It will explore the gender dimensions of poverty to unravel the extent to which poverty as a factor actually drives this incidence. It investigates the assumptions of the centrality of women's role in increased incidence of human trafficking in Nigeria using some media reported cases of women and trafficking. Using the Capability Framework propounded by Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaumn, the paper examines how gender inequalitil'.'s and the failure of the State to guarantee women's human rights weakens women's lack of capabilities and potentials for seeking societal considered respectable means of employment and thereby increasing opportunities for women's involvement in human trafficking

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Women, Poverty, Trafficking, Human rights.
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2015 08:45
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2015 08:45

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