According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), ‘[t]he trafficking of children for the purpose of domestic service, prostitution and other forms of exploitative labour is a widespread phenomenon in Nigeria’. Furthermore, UNICEF considers Nigeria to be a ‘source, transit and destination [country] for trafficked children’. The trade of trafficking children in Nigeria, and in the wider sense, West Africa, undermines the security of the state and its citizens, its public institutions, the economy, and society generally. As well as undermining the good governance and democracy of a nation, the act of trafficking vulnerable human beings tears at the very fabric of fundamental human rights and questions the goodness in humanity.
Young, M. A. (2014). The use of anti-money laundering legislation to combat child trafficking in Nigeria