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Title:Pull Factors in the Political Economy of International Commercial Sex Work in Nigeria
Author:Onyeonoru, Ifeanyi P.
Periodical:African Sociological Review (ISSN 1027-4332)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Nigeria
West Africa
illicit trade
Politics and Government
Economics and Trade
Labor and Employment
Women's Issues
international relations
Sex-oriented businesses
human trafficking
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/24487451
Abstract:In 2003, no less than 13,000 Nigerian girls were reported to have been trapped in transit camps in West African countries along the international sex route, in a bid to make their way for Europe. The girls, estimated between 14 and 28 years old, are commonly referred to as 'abandoned cargoes' in the local parlance of their host countries. They are victims of sex export syndicates whose agents had lured them from Nigeria with the promise of taking them to 'paradise' in Europe, only to abandon them en route. This study examines the pull factors associated with the trafficking of Nigerian girls for international commercial sex work, as well as the efforts that are being made to eradicate it. The pull factors include perceived opportunities for socioeconomic advancement, foreign export earnings, and the availability of contacts abroad. Several forms of interventions are currently being facilitated by governmental and non-governmental organizations to stem the trend. While the government's perspective on the trafficking of girls/women remains coercive, NGO initiatives towards a more viable solution are hinged on moral persuasion and enlightenment. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]