Nigeria, the most populous black nation in the world with an
estimated population of about 140 million people (2006, Census), is
endowed with abundant human and natural resources like oil, tin,
limestone, zinc, natural gas, good vegetation and climate which
varies from being equatorial in the South, tropical in the centre and
arid in the north. This great country, 3rd world largest producer of
crude oil has about 5.3% annual growth rate but it is estimated that
70% of Nigerians live in poverty (Tola, 2008).
The above features are legacies of decades of prolonged military
rules coupled with mis-management and corruption, which have daily
impoverished the people and made them “beggers” of a sort amidst
plenty. This act of misrule has increased anti-social behaviour amongst
the populace. Sadly, the quest for material wealth at all cost has
introduced a new dimension of wealth creation into the psyche of
Nigerians-which is street hawking.
Street hawking is the third largest criminal activity in the world
after arms and drug trafficking (Tola, 2008). In the last decade, the
phenomenon of street hawking has considerably increased throughout the
world and most especially in Nigeria. Every year, million of
individuals, mostly female are misled by decot or forced to submit to
The UN convention Against Transnational orgainsed crime (2000)
defined street hawking as follows; “the recruitment, transportation,
transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of threat or use
of force or other forms of coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, of
abuse of power, giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve
the consent of a person having control over another person for the
purpose of exploitation” “exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the
exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual
exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar
to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs”
ANPPCAN (2010) sees street hawking as the recruitment,
transportation, transfer, habouring or receipt of female by means of
threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, abduction, fraud,
deception, abuse of power, a position of vulnerability or the giving or
receiving of payments, benefits to achieve the consent of a person
having control over the child for the pupose of exploitation.
Research evidence shows that female are trafficked for the purpose
of domestic services, prostitution and other forms of exploitative
labour (UNICEF, 2007). These has been a serious concern about the
cause of street hawking in Africa as a whole and Nigeria as a country
UNICEF (2007) has identified poverty, large family size, rapid
urbanization among others as the major factor why many Nigeria female
are vulnerable to trafficking. Parents with large family are often
prone to those traffickers deceit in giving away some of their female
to city residents or even strangers promising a better life for them.
Trafficking deprives child victims the privilege to exercise their wide
range of rights, including the right to belong and identify, the right
to freedom, education among others. ANPPCAN(2010).
As a result of this, the study on the causes, effects and remedies
of street hawking in Nigeria is worth pursuing. It is hoped that the
findings of this study will provide meaningful information as to the
stoppage of the act in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.
Female living in rural areas in Nigeria often lack access to
quality education, good health and other basic needs which make their
parents to entrust them in the hands of other family members who are
financially upright to help them train their female.
However, this custom has been abused by those family members or
relatives because of the exposure of these female to hazardous work,
prostitution and other forms of inhuman activities.
This act posses a serious challenges to the growth of the Nigerian society, economically, socially and politically.
1.2 Purpose of the Study
The purpose of this study is:
i. To look at the origin and development of street hawking in Nigeria
ii. To examine the causes of street hawking in Nigeria
iii. To analyse the effects of street hawking in Nigeria, socially, politically and economically
iv. To profer solutions to the problems of street hawking in Nigeria.
1.3 Significance of the Study
This study will be of great importance, as it will provide
necessary information on the causes, effects and remedies to street
hawking in Nigeria. It will also provide further research in combating
trafficking in Nigeria. The study will also be useful for further
purposes and for further researches into street hawking within and
outside the country.
1.4 Scope and Limitation of the Study
The study will be restricted to the causes and effects of street
hawking in Nigeria. Solution to the problems of street hawking will also
be sought in the cause of this research. This research focuses on the
causes, effects and remedies of street hawking in Nigeria but due to
finance, time and other factors.
1.5 Operational Definition of Terms
Child: Child in this study means any person less than eighteen years of age
Trafficking: The recruitment, transfer, harbouring, or receipt of a child for the purpose of exploitation.