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  • NigeriaWorldToday [Home] > Newspapers/Dailies > Human Trafficking: Nigerians Top the List of Sex Workers in Italy

    Human Trafficking: Nigerians Top the List of Sex Workers in Italy


    Chart Showing Increase in Number of Nigerian Ladies Migrating to Italy
    Chart Showing Increase in Number of Nigerian Ladies Migrating to Italy.
    Data Source: International Organization for Migration

    Nigerian ladies top the list of sex workers in Italy. In spite of the efforts of international and local Non-Governmental Organizations, the land of Italy remains a thriving place for illegal sex business.

    International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports that there has been an increase in the number of Nigerian women arriving in Italy by boat from north African countries like Libya and Morocco.

    Carlotta Santarossa, counter-trafficking project manager at IOM says great number of the ladies arriving Italy are victims of human trafficking. These women are will possibly end up used in Italy or other European countries.

    Record has it that there has been about 10% increase in the number of Nigerian women registered at entering points in Sicily in the past three years.

    Nigeria's University of Benin has been a source of sex workers used by Nigerian gangs in Sicily.
    Nigeria’s University of Benin has been a source of sex workers used by Nigerian gangs in Sicily.

    The rapidly increasing influxes, Santarossa says, presents a major challenge as Italy cannot supply them with services female migrants need.

    Statistics collected by International Organization for Migration (IOM) shows that 80% of Nigerian women arrivals in Sicily were human trafficking victims and will be compelled into prostitution in Italy where a working model for sex trafficking already exists.

    Over the past year, there’s been an increase in organized crime by Nigerian gangs in Sicily where they have operated under a fragile peace agreement with the Italian gang. Given the Sicilian Cosa Nostra Mafia’s preference not to trade in prostitution, much of Nigerian Mafia’s illicit trade is rooted in trafficking sex workers.

    In general, there has been an increase in Nigerian influxes in Italy by boats. For the first time, in year 2016, Nigeria surpassed Eritrea as the largest nationality for migrants making up for 37,500 out of 180,000 migrant arrivals in Italy by sea.

    Number of Illegal Nigerian Migrants in Italy Compare with other Countries. Data Source: International Organization for Migration
    Number of Illegal Nigerian Migrants in Italy Compare with other Countries.
    Data Source: International Organization for Migration

    The increase in Nigerian migrants is connected to the country’s economic miseries leading high unemployment rate.

    Italy might possibly not be the proverbial greener pastures as the government may not be able to provide for the social needs of the migrants.


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