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Title:The challenges of transnational human trafficking in West Africa
Author:Sawadogo, Wilfried RelwendeISNI
Periodical:African Studies Quarterly (ISSN 1093-2658)
Geographic term:West Africa
Subjects:human trafficking
External link:http://asq.africa.ufl.edu/files/Sawadogo-2012.pdf
Abstract:A major challenge to good governance, transnational trafficking in human beings has been a serious problem for years in West Africa. Attempts to understand the phenomenon have been initiated, which unfortunately have resulted in contradictory viewpoints amongst researchers and the impacted populations. Seen by some as a mere entertainment, a source of profit, or an abstract notion with no influence and no bearing upon their lives, transnational human trafficking is, in contrast, considered by others as a crucial preoccupation, a deadly reality that has drastically influenced their daily routines. Complex in its nature and forms, transnational human trafficking has raised deep divisions on issues of principles, theories, perceptions, and the strategy to address it; hence the necessity for domestic and international actors to pay serious attention to the phenomenon. The author seeks to provide an in-depth understanding of the phenomenon, its socioeconomic and political-institutional causes and consequences, using the examples of Benin, Togo and Nigeria. He also draws out suggestions and recommendations which could contribute to strengthening the West African regional security framework. Governance in West Africa needs to be transformed into an effective cooperative framework where enhancing the dignity of human beings and their rights becomes a priority. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]