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Research led by Dr. Agyemang and co-authored by Guttmannova, Spencer and Colleagues Evaluates an Intervention to Address Child Trafficking

Posted: 10/26/2023 (CSDE Research)

CSDE Affiliates Dr. Katarina Guttmannova (Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences), Dr. Michael Spencer (Professor, Social Work), and co-authors published in the Journal of Human Trafficking, titled “Community-Based Child Labor Trafficking Prevention in Ghana: A Rights-Based Approach”. ¬†Almost half of child labor (72.1 million) is found in Africa. One in five children in Africa (19.6%) is a child laborer, whilst prevalence in other regions such as Arab States, Asia, and Europe is between three percent and seven percent (International Labor Organization). This study evaluates a community-based child rights education intervention implemented in Ghana, West Africa, to address the problem. The project contributed to an eight percent increase in school enrollment (which has been associated with a decrease in child labor trafficking in other studies), an equivalence of 706 students in one and half years after implementation. The study contributes to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals five and 16 (promoting gender equality, facilitating human rights advancement and strengthening accountable institutions). It also provides project implementation strategies to support the efforts of anti-trafficking institutions. In addition, it fosters awareness on the traumatic impact of child labor trafficking and a call to action for social workers to develop clinical interventions to support victims. It also discusses various limitations, implications, and future directions for the study.

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