CHILD DOMESTIC LABOUR: A CORRELATE TO GIRL-CHILD BATTERING AND RAPE IN RIVERS STATE, NIGERIA

Christian Chigozi Oriji, Kelechi Godson Nworgu

Abstract


The prime focus of this study was to investigate child domestic labour: a correlate to girl child battering and rape in Rivers State, Nigeria. Two hypotheses were generated to guide the study. Survey design was adopted for the study. The population covered all young girls who are domestic servants in households in Rivers State. A sample of 600 respondents was randomly selected for the study. The selection was done through the use of simple random sampling and purposive sampling techniques. The questionnaire was the instrument for data collection. The instrument used was face-validated by professionals in the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt. The reliability value of 0.84 Correlation Coefficient was established for the study. Biographic data of respondents were analysed using percentage and frequency tables. The hypotheses for the study were tested at 0.05 level of significance using Pearson Product Moment Correlation. The results of the analysis revealed that there are significant relationships between child domestic labour and child battering, alongside rape in Rivers State. In line with these findings, the study recommended, among others, that the state government should, through its traditional and social media outlets, inform, educate and communicate with child domestic employers on the dangers of battering and raping their girl servants, and why they should rather protect them for improved welfare services in Rivers State.


Keywords


Child Domestic Labour, Correlate, Girl Child, Battery, Rape, Rivers State, Nigeria

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