TRACY B.E OMOROGIUWA
Lecturer, Department of Social Work,
University of Benin, Nigeria.
The occurrence of trafficking in persons can be seen as an effort by some priviledged and criminally minded persons to take advantage of vulnerable persons for their economic gains. Some factors; poverty, unemploment, poor educational opportunities, ignorance and traditional attitudes has been attributed as causes and physical, psychological, sexual, moral and health problems as impacts of human trafficking. This study examined human trafficking in Benin Metropolis and sorts the opinions of residents towards workable intervention strategies which they think will help prevent human trafficking. Using focused group discussions methodology to gather data; findings confirmed communities’ awareness campaign, implementation of trafficking laws and policies by law enforcement agents, involving community members in intervention measures, socio economic strengthening of poor families/victims, psycho-social counselling and rehabilitating victims of trafficking and assistance by helping professions as workable intervention strategies. The roles of social workers in ameliorating the problem of human traficking were then examined.