Miss Doris Osarenren Ikhimwin, Barr. Emmanuel Imuetinyan Obarisiagbon


Female trafficking is the unauthorized movement of females to another country for sexual exploitation. Recently, it has become a scourge which defies all efforts at curbing it; on this ground this study examined public perception of female trafficking. This study was conducted among 400 residents in Oredo local government area of Edo State. The instruments used were the questionnaire and focus group discussion interview. Findings from the study revealed that the causes of female trafficking in Oredo local government area include: increase in population, lack of employment opportunity, limited access to education and poverty while the social implications of female trafficking include tarnishing of the image of the Benin people, brain drain, exposure of the females to all forms of inhuman treatment and deprives the girls of educational opportunity. The study concludes that the public perception of female trafficking is negative as the people are of the opinion that the act gives a bad name to the Benin people and Nigeria as a whole. It therefore recommends that government should provide more jobs and encourage the girl child to acquire education. More awareness should be created by the Government, Non-Governmental Organizations and media houses should enlighten the public on the dangers associated with female trafficking.

Keywords: Brain drain, exploitation, female trafficking, poverty, unemployment.

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