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Online International Journal of Arts and Humanities

ISSN 2277-0852; Volume 6, Pages 1-10; 2017

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Avenues for Greener Pastures? Women Trafficking and its Impact on Sustainable Development Goals in Zimbabwe


Mazuru Nancy


Lecturer, Great Zimbabwe University, P. Bag 1235, Off Old Great Zimbabwe Road, Masvingo, Zimbabwe. E-mail: nancyziki(at)gmail.com.


Received 3 February, 2017

Accepted 18 February, 2017


Human trafficking is on the rise, especially in the modern world. Globalisation has facilitated the prevalence of human trafficking especially the vulnerable segments of the societies such as women and children through improved transportation and communication systems. Factors such as poverty, war and cultures that violate women’s rights are acting as push factors in the women trafficking trend. This paper examined various socio-economic impacts that stem from women trafficking and analysed the extent to which these effects negatively affect sustainable development. Although there is robust literature on human trafficking and its evils, no research has so far examined the impacts of human trafficking, particularly women trafficking on sustainable development. Hence, the study is important because it breaks the silence that exists in extant literature on human trafficking by having a critical analysis of how women trafficking impedes the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals in the country. The study dwelled largely on the case of Zimbabwean women who were trafficked to Kuwait between 2013 and 2016. By employing qualitative research methodology, the author was able to conduct in-depth interviews with victims who had been repatriated from Kuwait as well as members of their families. The paper revealed that negative effects that arise from women trafficking such as forced prostitution, bonded labour and redundant absenteeism from their families and communities pose negative repercussions on the achievement of SDG1, SDG2, SDG3, SDG4, SDG5, SDG8, SDG10, SDG11 and SDG16 at large. The study therefore recommends that there should be strong collaborations between international governments to curb this evil trend and apply harsh penalties on the perpetrators.


Key words: Human trafficking, women rights violation, sustainable development goals, forced prostitution and labour, Zimbabwe.


Recommended Citation

Mazuru N. Avenues for Greener Pastures? Women Trafficking and its Impact on Sustainable Development Goals in Zimbabwe. Online Int J Arts Human, 2017; 6: 1-10.








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