Monday, 8 August 2016

More than ten thousand Nigerian women arrive Italy for prostitution

More than ten thousand Nigerian women have arrived in Italy for prostitution between 2014 and the first quarter of 2016.
According to the Guardian, Simon Moscarelli, an anti trafficking expert at the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) reported that young Nigerian girls arrive in Italy as refugees from Libya, then disappear from the reception centres into the cities for prostitution.

   About 3600 Nigerian women arrived by boat in Italy in the first six months of 2016, almost twice the number registered in the same period last year. In 2015, about 5,633 Nigerian women arrived in Italy from Libya and about 1,500 arrived in Italy on migrant boats from Libya in 2014.

 Most of these young women are lured to Libya by Nigerian traffickers who use "a toxic mix of false promises of legal jobs and traditional Juju ceremonies to recruit and gain psychological control over their victims" who are slammed with huge debts of up to £40,000 for journey to Italy".

 IOM has warned that the trafficking of Nigerian women from Libya to Italy by boat for sexual exploitation is reaching a crisis level.
Sex trafficking industry between Nigeria and Italy has thrived for several decades enhanced by criminal gangs and trafficking networks.

 Franca Asemota, one of the  Nigerian female trafficking boss was jailed for 22-years in London for using the threat of witchcraft to exert control over 40 young Nigerian girls brought from Nigeria to Europe for sex work.

The UK Prime Minister, Theresa May has announced strict measures to fight 'evil' of modern slavery in the UK . She has pledged financial assistance to a new UK task force  to combat people trafficking routes and better help victims.

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