Victims and Couriers: Females and Hard Drugs Trafficking Business in Nigeria, 1980-2008

Osiki, O.M (2010-09)

Staff Publications

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Human trafficking, like its twin phenomenon of hard drug trafficking has become a major issue in international relations, especially the aspect of trans-national migration. Although issues related to trafficking transcend gender debates, the role of females as victims of human trafficking and couriers in the illicit trafficking in hard drugs cannot be underestimated. This work is devoted to an assessment of the role of the female gender in the two categories of trafficking as victims and agents since the 1980s. It examines newspaper reports and other related documents as well as gender related theoretical frameworks to x-ray the involvement of females in the trafficking networks.