The Face of Trafficking and Human Smuggling Across the Nigeria-Benin Border
Author: Osiki, Omon Merry
Source: Globalization and Transnational Migrations: Africa and Africans in the Contemporary Global System, Issue data not provided , pp. 162-180(19)
Abstract:The worrisome phenomenon of trans-border crimes and criminality has continued to generate academic interest. This is because trans-border crimes such as human smuggling, trafficking of arms and ammunitions, and others have remained major obstacles to development in both developed and developing countries. Tackling these problems has remained Herculean partly because of their dynamic nature. This chapter assesses the growth and development, as well as the dynamics of trafficking and human smuggling, as an aspect of trans-border criminality, across the Nigeria-Benin border. The chapter explores some of the causes of trafficking and human smuggling such as poverty and the diverse nature of organized crimes. It also examines the intricacies and complexities of trafficking and human smuggling. It maintains that women and children are particularly vulnerable to trafficking and human smuggling because of sexual exploitation and other considerations. The chapter suggests possible ways to fight trafficking and human smuggling, some of which are the need to increase joint border control, the use of diplomatic tools as well as other cross-border strategies and initiatives.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 1 January 2009
- Globalization and Transnational Migrations: Africa and Africans in the Contemporary Global System
This book highlights global asymmetries by interfacing the notion of "one world" or "flat world" with the challenges thrown up by transnational migration, brain drain, citizenship, identity, multiculturalism, religion and ethnicity. It presents researches and discourses on globalization across disciplines and across regions, and fosters ongoing inquiry into important assumptions, beliefs and perspectives about the implications of globalization for Africa and Africans. Through illuminating narratives and copious explanations, this book assists readers to make sense of globalization and the position of Africa and Africans in it.
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