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Title:Trafficking in Namibia
Author:Kiremire, Merab KambamuISNI
Year:2012
Periodical:Journal for Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences (ISSN 2026-7215)
Volume:1
Issue:2
Pages:217-230
Language:English
Geographic term:Namibia
Subjects:human trafficking
prostitution
Abstract:This study aims to establish the extent of human trafficking in Namibia, to determine the causes and impact on both its victims and society as a whole, and to examine the linkages between Namibian prostitutes and the regional and global sex trade industry. The researcher gathered and analysed quantitative and qualitative data by administering a questionnaire to 230 respondent prostitutes (191 females and 39 males), by compiling 18 case studies of actual human trafficking victims, and by questioning 32 key informants and 6 focus groups to represent prostitution hot spots in 18 out of 35 regional metropolises and border posts of the country. It was found that sex trafficking is a fairly new, fast growing phenomenon, affecting mainly unemployed young women, drop-out adolescents and orphans. Once they enter the industry, they enjoy a symbiotic relationship with a mobile clientele of mainly tourists and long-distance commercial transporters. They get exposed to health hazards such as physical violence, abandonment, homelessness and diseases, including sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS. The author concludes that prostitution and sex trafficking are social, economic and gender-inequality issues that urgently require prevention and protection interventions at policy, legislative and service levels. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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