Child trafficking in Nigeria: Causes, consequences and the way forward
Garba Umaru Kwagyang, Mu’azu Abdullahi Saulawa, Kamal Alhaji Daud
The paper focuses on the scourge of child trafficking in Nigeria as a risen factor despite numerous efforts put in place by the Nigerian government to fight against the menace. Apart from the fact that Nigeria is a signatory to many international and regional instruments set out to fight against child trafficking, there exist also some domestic laws enacted by the government to fight the practices. This notwithstanding, the effects and consequences of child trafficking in Nigeria is still having its toll on children, who are indeed the future leaders in their family and the society at large. The aim of the paper is to discuss the child trafficking, causes, consequences and a solution to the issues. It also forms the aims of the paper in discussing the combination of the causes such as Poverty, ignorance, greed, peer pressure and manipulation of religion among others have been identified as the major causes of child trafficking in Nigeria, but very little attention has been given to these important factors. The methodology of the paper adopted is doctrinal and non-doctrinal, wherein relevant literature have been analysed. The findings of the paper reveal that the causes are quite enormous and rich that have underscore the natural obligation in the social and moral context of humanity within the national law and the entire global Covenants and further recommends that the government should view this causes and its resulting effect as a catalyst to the development of a nation and its laws of humanity.