Saturday, 22 July 2017

TRAVELS - 4000 Nigerian Girls Land In Italy For Prostitution

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Friday said a huge number of Nigerian transient young ladies conveyed to Italy were in incredible threat of being constrained into prostitution in Europe. 

The quantity of female Nigerians, huge numbers of them minors, regularly guileless about their destiny because of traffickers, touched base via ocean in Italy surged in the course of recent years from 1,454 of every 2014 to 11,000 out of 2016. 

The association's representative, Flavio Di Giacomo, said at a news preparation in Geneva that somewhere in the range of 4,000 Nigerian young ladies had arrived so far in 2017. 

The UN organization had said that in view of information gathered at landing destinations, it was assessed that 80 for each penny of the young ladies were "potential casualties" of trafficking as sex laborers. 

As per Giacomo, the young ladies are frequently told the excursion is free.

“These girls, who are increasingly younger every year, are brought to Italy and to Europe for sexual exploitation.

“They are taken by traffickers and then they are forced to be prostitutes in the streets in Italy.

“And sometimes, as far as we know, these girls are also sent to other European countries such as Spain, Germany, France and Austria.

“Many of the Nigerian girls are from poor families in Edo, who are psychologically manipulated during a voodoo ritual before leaving,’’ Di Giacomo said.

According to him, they are accompanied by a madam-linked to the traffickers on the long journey through Niger and Libya.

“The increasing number of minors arriving really do not have any idea even what prostitution is, what sex is.

“But, many of them understand the real purpose of this journey because many times they are forced to prostitute themselves in Niger, in Libya especially, in brothels there.
“So they understand they are not going to work as hairdressers.

“IOM officials try to intercept the Nigerian girls at landing points and inform them about the prostitution ring and their right to protection,’’ Di Giacomo said.

He said that the agency which had helped those who decided to flee the networks, reported the cases of 425 girls in 2016 to police.

“A few days ago, we had the story of this young girl, a 17-year-old girl.

“She has been told she was going to work at a hair salon; she didn’t have any idea she was going to be forced to prostitute herself.

“It was only when she arrived she found out that it was not real.

“The job was a lie and she was forced to become a prostitute, which was the only way to pay off the debt of the journey.

“She was forced to be out on the streets for 12 hours a day.’’

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