n African Renaissance - Child trafficking in sub-Saharan Africa : continuation of slavery by other means

Volume 7 Number 3-4
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


This paper explored the nexus between child trafficking and African history of extraction namely slave trade and colonialism. We noted among other things that child trafficking is a continuation of slavery by subtle means in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Again, the survival of such a social vice in SSA is traceable to weak institutional framework (Police and legal system) and prevalent illiteracy and increasing poverty in the region engendered by colonialism. We also argued that child trafficking is an intractable problem because some people see the trade inevitable for their survival. Thus they establish secrete networks for the free flow of children for trade within and across the SSA. The paper recommends an overall institutional reform in various countries within the region with the aim of strengthening the regional legal system and encouraging regional police cooperation to dictate and tackle this new network of slave trader in SSA.

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