Trafficking of Women and Children to Alert Area in Addis Ababa for Sexual Exploitation

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Addis Ababa University


The objectives of this survey study were to assess the prevalence, major pushing and pulling factors, major psychological and health quensequence and to suggest possible recommendations for practitioners, government and policy n;akers of women and child traffic1cing for sexual exploitation in some selc cted area of Addis Ababa. Using the Palermo definition of trafficking a ld adequate sample from Kebele 02/03 of Kolfe Keranyo Sub City, the present study found that 63.6 % of women and children in this particular area were trafficked from different parts of the country, the majority of them were from Amhara region particularly from eastern part of Gojam. Different pushing and pulling factors including poverty, the searc't for employment and better life, pmmise of education and false pmmises for a better job which fuelled and encouraged them to leave their home and village. Although families and relatives were also involved in trafficking process, friends and local brokers enhanced the illegal act of In country trafficking. Findings suggest that trafficking of women and children are at risks to the physical, psychological, and social- emotional development. Implications for psychology and social policy, in terms of prevention and psychosocial rehabilitation for children who have been victimized, are also presented. Strategies need to be developed to establish a rehabilitation program for those interested to discontinue prostitution along with effort to minimize trafficking.



Women and Children to Alert Area