The Modern Trend of Human Trafficking in Africa and the Role of the African Union (AU)

20 Pages Posted: 26 Jan 2018

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Chris Mensah-Ankrah

Eban Centre for Human Trafficking Studies

Rex Osei Sarpong

Eban Centre for Human Trafficking Studies

Date Written: December 25, 2017

Abstract

This paper examines the role of the African Union, (AU) in combatting human trafficking. The paper will utilize a mixed methodology to examine the response of AU on the effects of human trafficking in Africa, using both qualitative analysis and a case study of some African countries and their anti-trafficking mechanisms. This method has been selected to incorporate both a broad-reaching evaluation of mechanisms within the AU region directed at combating human trafficking and a detail-focused perspective of how these mechanisms have affected trafficking patterns throughout AU member states. To comprehensively evaluate the effectiveness of AU in combating human trafficking in Africa, the qualitative analysis used in this paper is based on the various editions of US Department of State's Trafficking in Persons Reports. These reports evaluate both the realities of human trafficking within a nation as well as governmental and judicial response to trafficking issues.

Keywords: Human Trafficking, Human Security, Trafficking Patterns

Suggested Citation

Mensah-Ankrah, Chris and Osei Sarpong, Rex, The Modern Trend of Human Trafficking in Africa and the Role of the African Union (AU) (December 25, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3105245 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3105245

Chris Mensah-Ankrah (Contact Author)

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Accra, 233
Ghana

Rex Osei Sarpong

Eban Centre for Human Trafficking Studies ( email )

P.O Box TN 1998
Accra, 233
Ghana

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