Iyore Ivy Omoregbe (Ph.D), Bernice Nefeye Aghahowa (Ph.D)
This study investigated the knowledge and attitude of secondary school students towards human trafficking in Edo State. Three (3) research questions guided the study. The study adopted a correlational survey research design. The population of the study was fifty-four thousand, seven hundred and seventy-three (54,773) while a total of eight hundred and forty (840) senior secondary school students were sampled using the multistage sampling
procedure. The study employed the use of two (2) instruments for data collection- an achievement test and a questionnaire. The internal consistency reliability of the instrument was determined using Kuder Richardson formula 20 (KR-20) for the achievement test items and Cronbach’s Alpha statistical formula was used to analyze items in the questionnaire. The reliability result for knowledge yielded a coefficient of 0.68 and attitude yielded a coefficient of 0.77. Data analysis was done using mean, standard deviation, while Pearson Product Moment Correlation Coefficient was used to test the hypothesis. The findings of the study revealed that students have a high level of knowledge and positive attitude towards human trafficking. The study also revealed there
is a significant relationship between students’ knowledge and their attitude towards human trafficking. It was therefore recommended among others that Social Studies Associations of Nigeria in collaboration with the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and other Related Matters (NAPTIPs) and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) should periodically produce bulletins to our schools on the danger of human trafficking.
Keywords: Knowledge, Attitude, Human Trafficking
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