Rehema Magesa has been a lecturer at the Tengeru Institute of Community Development since 2009. She has expertise in the field of gender. She is a senior lecturer at the Institute. She is an author of numerous articles and academic contributions in the field of gender and human rights. She has developed and taught classes in the gender, research, and development fields for more than twelve years. She also has supervised students’ research and dissertation for bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She has undertaken research and consultancy services in gender in different communities.
Human trafficking is persistent in many regions of Tanzania despite different efforts to reduce the practice by the Government and other stakeholders. Girls and young women are more affected by this practice in violation of their human rights than men and boys. This study explored the cultural factors attributing to the trafficking of girls and women in Northern Tanzania. The study involved 400 girls and young women for a quantitative and qualitative study on cultural determinants of human trafficking. The study found the following cultural practices pushed girls and women towards situations in which they could be trafficked: female genital mutilation (82%); son preference (78%); daughters not inheriting land and animals (77%); women not participating in decision making (70%); the workload for women and girls (88%); wife battering (87%); early marriage (82%); under estimating women and girls’ decision-making-making abilities (77%); and polygamy (76%).
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Magesa, Rehema John (2023) "Cultural Factors Associated with Human Trafficking of Girls and Women in Northern Tanzania: The Case of Arusha Region," Dignity: A Journal of Analysis of Exploitation and Violence: Vol. 8: Iss. 1, Article 1. https://doi.org/10.23860/dignity.2023.08.01.01
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