Househelp: A Re-Enactment of Slavery in the Twenty-First Century

By Chinyere Carol Phyllis Nnorom and Michael O. N. Kunnuji.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Whereas the trafficking of persons from several peripheral states to the west for ignoble purposes has attracted much attention from governments and non-governmental organizations across the globe, its replication at the local level is often ignored. The use of minors for domestic chores which often involves monetary exchange confers on the victims, a status which is less than human. This problem is the reason for the investigation into the practice of trafficking of minors to households in Lagos and other major cities in Nigeria as “house-helps”, with a view to understanding the factors responsible for the popularity of the practice. Through a content analysis of responses elicited from In-depth interviews with employers of house-helps, the paper argues that poor quality of life predisposes people to the practice and work patterns in urban centres create a ready market for persons trafficked for this purpose. Thus, the paper recommends the imposition of stringent penalties on human traffickers. It further recommends that the quality of life of rural dwellers be improved, with particular emphasis on empowerment through free and compulsory basic education.

Keywords: Househelps, Re-Enactment, Slavery, Twenty First, Century

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp.1-6. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 540.938KB).

Dr. Chinyere Carol Phyllis Nnorom

Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria

As a lecturer, my work entails both teaching and research. My area of interest is in women, children and health related issues. I have done some works with women and also conducted studies on HIV/AIDS. Some of my published works are: The Health Implications of Unmet Need for Contraception to Mothers and Children in Ehime Mbano, Imo State, Nigeria; Sexual Behaviour and HIV/ADIS Awareness among Young Traders in Lagos Metropolis; Gender and Street Hawking in Nigeria: The Lagos Experience; Relationship Between Students Dressing and Campus Violence; Sexual Harassment in the University of Lagos: A Fact or a Farce? I also serve as a coordinator on Sexual and Reproductive Health for a non Governmental Organization involved in youth development and also do consultancies with organizations working on improving the educational standards of Nigerians.

Michael O. N. Kunnuji

Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria

Kunnuji Michael is a social researcher in the areas of Population studies, human sexuality, and urban life. He teaches in the department of Sociology, University of Lagos, Lagos.

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