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Implications of Child Trafficking for Sustainable Development in Nigeria

Olojede Ibukunoluwa Bose,


Empirical records reveal that Nigeria is not only a misogynistic, sexist and patriarchal society, it is one of the unsafest and toxic places for children as they are sold as commodities even by their parents. Unfortunately, child trafficking is associated with debasing human rights violations wherein the trafficked victims are forced to endure painful sexual intercourse with multiple partners. They are also hired for pornography and bestiality. These conditions are experiences that make children vulnerable to numerous sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia, hepatitis B, pelvic inflammatory diseases, trichomoniasis, vaginal cancer, long term pelvic pain, drug addiction, depression, HIV/AIDS infertility and other physical, psychological and mental health challenges at a very young age. More disturbing is the fact that it frustrates the efforts of government towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals particularly as it relates to education for all because many of the victims trafficked are deprived of the opportunity to acquire formal education. In the light of this, this study seeks to examine the implications of child trafficking for sustainable development in Nigeria. Qualitative method based on document investigation was adopted and the findings from this paper revealed that Illiteracy amongst parents increased the child’s vulnerability to child traffickers particularly among rural dwellers in Nigeria where ignorance is pervasive. It therefore concludes and recommends that for development to become sustainable, the government as a matter of necessity must make education affordable and accessible to all particularly for rural children who are more susceptible to the wiles of child traffickers Keywords: Child trafficking, Domestic servitude, Illiteracy, Sex slavery, Sustainable Development..

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