POVERTY AND SEX TRADE IN NIGERIA: IMPLICATIONS ON WOMEN’S SEXUAL HEALTH

Ibukunoluwa Bose Olojede (PhD), Victor Ajulor Omoniyi (PhD), Busayo Qazeem Ibikunle

Abstract


This paper discusses about poverty, sex trade and its implications on women’s sexual health. The paper went further in conceptualizing poverty stating the theory adopted for the study, the historical background of sex trading was analyzed, the various types of sex trading as well as the implications on women’s sexual health was addressed. Qualitative technique was adopted and the findings revealed that poverty induces the propensity for women to venture into sex trading as a last resort when other means of escaping the poverty trap has failed or as an alternative source of income or in order to escape the poverty trap which unfortunately creates fatal effects on women’s sexual health and a multiplying effect in the rise of terminal or life threatening infectious sexual and reproductive diseases. In addition to that, this paper emphasizes that sex trading creates an enabling environment where dehumanizing crimes against women thrive. It therefore recommends and concludes that there is need for government, gender right activists, NGOs, religious bodies and the mass media to focus on empowering and supporting women and young girls educationally (through scholarships) and training Programmes in order to make sex trading less lucrative and unappealing.


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Education; Empowerment Programme; Women’s Sexual Health; Sexual intercourse; Poverty; Sex-trade

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