Trends, Manifestations and Challenges of Human Trafficking in Africa

Victor H. Mlambo, Nduduzo C. Ndebele

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This study sought to examine the trends, manifestations and challenges of human trafficking in Africa. To accomplish this, a qualitative research approach was adopted to enable the use of secondary data. The research methodology was undertaken by systematically reviewing and contextualising the literature regarding the topic under study. In Africa, human trafficking has evolved into a multibillion dollar business aided by the entrenchment of international syndicates which has further exacerbated the problem. The study found that human trafficking is growing in Africa particularly because governments lack the necessary resources, technical expertise, political will and effective legislation. These were all factors exacerbating the human trafficking problem in Africa. The study recommended that there is a great need for international cooperation with the international community, the strengthening of the judiciary, and the enforcement of the rule of law if the continent has any chance of combatting human trafficking.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-34
Number of pages26
JournalAfrican Renaissance
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Africa
  • Anti-trafficking agency
  • Human trafficking
  • Legislation
  • Political will
  • Resources

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Political Science and International Relations


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