MEDIA COVERAGE OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN NIGERIA

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Human trafficking is the act of transporting victims from one place to another forcefully or without their consent. Human trafficking has been a trend in Nigeria for many years. Due to this, the media have taken a step ahead to spread relevant information about this vice to the society. The main objective of the study was to investigate the nature of media coverage of human trafficking in Nigeria since her independence. The study investigated the nature of human trafficking in Nigeria. It equally analyzed the government-media relations in regard to the reporting of human trafficking in the country. The study aimed to strengthen policy maker’s decisions that will help initiate preventative measures of human trafficking in Nigeria. The research was conducted using qualitative research method because it has a strong basis in the field of sociology. The data collected was mostly secondary data from the internet, different books,  journals  and  articles.  The  conclusion  of  the  research  revealed  that  the  relationship between the media and the government of Nigeria is bias. The media is controlled by the government and therefore a lot of information is hidden from the public. The study also revealed that human trafficking cases in Nigeria are not strictly dealt with and this continues to be a phenomenon facing Nigeria as a country.

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