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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Nigerian girls sold into sex slavery & trapped in Italy's sex-slave trade

Naples mafiosi were convicted last week of forcing a Nigerian cancer patient, Lilian Solomon, into prostitution. The situation is worse that we think. Read a report from Daily Beast about how Nigerian girls, as young as 13, are sold and forced into sex slavery in Italy...
Across Italy, Nigerian women are forced into the sex trade, essentially kept as slaves who are bought and sold and moved according to a moribund supply and demand. Some of the prostitutes are young girls, just 13 or 14 years old. Others are in their 20s or 30s. Many have children. Some are still married to men in Nigeria. They usually sit on white plastic chairs under umbrellas to protect them from the rain in the winter and the harsh sun in the summer. 
The highest concentration of Nigerian forced sex workers is in and around Naples, but they are not limited to the southern reaches. On Thursday, in the central region of Abruzzo, four Nigerian gang members and an Italian taxi driver who allegedly procured prostitutes across the country were sentenced to between nine and 15 years in prison for making 23-year-old Nigerian Lilian Solomon prostitute herself even though she was in the late stages of lymphoma cancer.

The court in Teramo ruled that the Nigerian band prohibited the young woman from seeking treatment and should be held responsible for her death. She was represented in court by members of “On the Road” association against sex trafficking, which alerted authorities about her plight. Solomon testified under oath against the band before she died in 2009. The sentence, four years after her death, won’t bring her back, but it is one small step toward holding the sex traffickers accountable.

According to Renato Natale, a local Neapolitan doctor who is a former anti-mafia mayor of Casal di Principe, the majority of the Nigerian girls and women who are sex slaves were sold for around $50,000 by their parents or husbands in Nigeria, often to pay loan sharks or to get families out of debt. Some women paid sums of more than $13,000 out of their own pockets in exchange for the promise to find legitimate work in Italy with the goal of sending money home or even eventually bringing their entire families over. Natale says when they arrive in Italy, they are often raped into submission and plied with drugs and turned into prostitutes.

Many of the women have scars on their bodies from a voodoo-style initiation ritual where they pledge allegiance to their pimps out of fear of torture. “Frida,” 26, is a former prostitute who now works at a shelter for abused women in Rome. She says her initiation included vaginal penetration with a hot candle. She has scars on her inner thighs from the hot wax. She worked on the Via Domitiana for three years before she ran away with one of her clients who she befriended. She said many of the women on the Neapolitan highway try to convince the clients to take them away, but they often get caught and the men are threatened never to return. “Even the police sometimes pay for sex,” she told The Daily Beast. “There is no protection there from anyone. There is no one you can trust.”

She says she was required to pay the Nigerian mafia dons $400 a month for one-square-meter of highway to work off the $50,000 investment. Natale says the Nigerians, in turn, pay a fee to the Casalesi clan of the Camorra organized-crime syndicate, who run the sex trade around Naples. Natale says the women are not allowed to charge more than $13 a trick—the market rate for street sex in the impoverished south—and they are not allowed to refuse customers. Frida says they were afraid to charge more. “They watched us all the time,” she says. “They would drive by or send spies to make sure we stayed in line.”

Prostitution is not illegal in Italy as long as the sex workers are over 18, but it is illegal to pick up a prostitute on the street. Recently, police have been enforcing the client crackdown on roadside prostitution by fining the clients, so the mob has started buying up apartment blocks along the Via Domitiana and in other parts of the country. They have started moving the women off the streets and into the villas where drugs are sold in the basement and sex is sold upstairs. Natale used to visit the women on the streets and give them medications for STDs. He says the move to put the women in the houses is far more dangerous and life-threatening. “These people are treated like merchandise,” he says. “Now they are being kept in these houses that are protected by armed guards. They were somewhat safer on the streets because at least there we could check on them.”

There is little hope to stop the illegal sex-trafficking racket, says Natale, because most of the women are illegal immigrants and do not have documents and are not in the Italian state system and therefore “nonexistent” in the eyes of the authorities. But there is also a bigger problem in that there is no authoritative government entity currently involved in stopping sex trafficking in Italy. All the work is done by non-governmental organizations with limited funds and virtually no power. “We are like ghosts,” says Frida, who recently legalized her living status in Italy and wants to help other Nigerians get off the street. “We are literally shadows on the highway.”

74 comments:

oke igbo said...

What greediness and poverty will cause in this world ehen....
Poverty na real terrorist

Anonymous said...

na wa ....too bad
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Anonymous said...

Tell them to come bck home nd contribute good to d society even d home tht I said tht shld come gann whala they there trouble here nd there stay there dnt come home oo

Anonymous said...

Na today!

Last to comment! Yeah!

Jankolikolikoko said...

It's awful. Can't blame most of these girls. They were promised a better life only for them to realize it is a trap.

I was reading Kanye to quit work for 6 months after Kim Kardashian delivers on naijaPOSE

★★PRINCE CHARMING™★★ said...

Disgraceful!! Immigration officers should curb this, they can, gals going or entering Italy without a definite purpose should be put on red alert. Parents also should watch out.

ogunlade enny adesoye said...

God ЂA̶̲̥̅̊vε̲̣̣̣̥ mercy , ΨђåƮ Ȋ̝̊̅§ dis world turning into?

Sen. Saparo said...

Wow!

BONARIO NNAGS said...

hmmmm dis is serious.
seems the ones at Wuse zone4 are even betteroff than them.
come home atleast u won't be paying Omonile when u in front of ur father's house.

~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA3310

Anonymous said...

I love d sound of dat

scholar said...

What a shame,this is as sad as it gets...

Anonymous said...

Wot is our ladies turning 2?

Anonymous said...

Hmmm na wa oh, see what poverty has caused, our women and children degraded and abused. Father take control oh Lord.

Anonymous said...

Swallowed spit* its as if I just watched an italian movie. Poor girls.. I'm speechless

ROCKSTAR said...

It's a vicious cycle.While trying to run away from poverty in nigeria, they get caught up in the web of mafioso.
Naples is a very beautiful southern city, but nothing works there except MAFIA.You can never live and operate safely in that town except you align and pay the mafia.Shame, that's the reality there.
My only beef with our girls is that they should stop playing the victim or claiming being trapped.The world owes nobody anything.They chose that lifestyle and as such must deal with it, or walk away from it.

BARBIE......... said...

This is sad and pathetic......... but come to think of it must every1 travel outside the shores of this country?.... their quest for riches also led to this but am still praying for them though.

Anonymous said...

Hmmmm! May god hlp us all




Sanjims

Sasha Fierce said...

These stupid ladies should Quit being victims for TEARS will only get you sympathy which is for fickle minded.
Be a fighter and SWEAT, for sweat will get you results.If you don't like what is happening to you, then get out of it or embrace it wholeheartedly.

Anonymous said...

The only person that can help is our government they should stop any girl under 25year from going to any european countries or asian countries without her parent and do a real check.

Anonymous said...

We should just keep praying to God not to fall in wrong hand

Anonymous said...

This is serious, Wickedness @ its peak ..even here they fink all Nigerian gurls r d same even wen u ve a good job dat pays u well. Pple run outta Nigeria out of ignorance I tell u there's no place like home. I work wit an Airline I c how my fellow Nigerians suffer yet 2 refuse 2 go bk home...its a pity. Ms Posh

Anonymous said...

This is indeed sad!!! Poverty is d root cause of all this, y on earth will parents sell off their wards in exchange for some dollar bills n these girls are held captive for the rest of their lives, d emotional truma alone will be everlasting on their minds, evn if they are rehabilitated @the end of the day. Lord have Mercy.

kidodo said...

EDO girls dey don't want to come back home and start all over again. Well dat is y am praying to God nut to give a female child bcos I can't bear it.

Cute G said...

My Goodness!!So this illicit act still prevails?Imagine a hot candle being inserted into ones vagina.It could be me.Nig should pls look into this sex trade slave of a thing so that Injustice to women would be put to a halt.#shrugs#

ExoticEyez MiMi said...

Wao, this is not good publicity for Nija at all. Now every dark skinned gal standing in a dark alley involved in sex trade will be branded a Nigerian. Shameful.

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Anonymous said...

Very sad! Nigeria is a very useless country though that's why Nigerians always feel going to a foreign country will make them have a better life...cause that'sthe root of all these,its very sad

Pretty Girl

Akanimo Sunday said...

It's rife with girls from Edo. Parents give out their daughters to make money.....terrible.

Ameriestyle said...

Poverty is a bad thing...ewwww
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Anonymous said...

who promised them? it is stupidity and love for money cous they knew about it is high time we learn to believe in this our country, no place like home here,we will make it.

Anonymous said...

It is greed and stupidity, not poverty. Most of these girls know what they are getting into. They want to build houses and businesses in Nigeria.

Anonymous said...

D problem is dat,most of dis girls re deceived in 2 thinkin dat ere's a beta live ova ere,some of em re even carried by relations like eir aunties or uncles or smone d family know only 2 get ere n realize dat d were taken ova ere 2 prostitute n most of em re trapped cos d ave no money eir passports re collected bY dis pple n d ave no way out till d contact one deadly illment or d oer SMH its all a pity if only nigerians wld loss d mentality dat d only way of makin it in life is 2 go overseas

Anonymous said...

Materialism and greed is killing some girls in Nigeria, I don't agree when people blame poverty, I know of a girl that used plaiting of her and saw herself through university, we should't blame circumstances on irresponsiblity.

Anonymous said...

Materialism and greed is killing some girls in Nigeria, I don't agree when people blame poverty, I know of a girl that used plaiting of her and saw herself through university, we should't blame circumstances on irresponsiblity.

Anonymous said...

hahahahahahahahahahh. @Omonile in front of dem papa yard!! kai. laff don finish me.

Dot modelsCasting said...

It's so sad and heartbreaking I wish there's something I could do to help.... Why can't the Nigerian government do something. It's hell what this girls go through.... Na wah o :(

Anonymous said...

Many are Nigerians, I know that. But the question is, 'are they all Nigerians?' Every African caught committing crime abroad normally claim to be Nigerian. Just an observation.

Olaleye Adisa said...

Wat a sad story. I don\'t blame dem, all blame goes to �???? bad leaders we have i?????n????? dis great nation. I belief God ll deliver us one day.

Anonymous said...

lol,@BONARIO u dey madt for head oh...even de ones at GRA phase2 dey enjoy pas dis ones oh..

Anonymous said...

Nigeria is one of the richest country in Africa , why would someone decided to go do in Italy. they should come back home.

Anonymous said...

Shut up
Some of you "girls" do the same crap here in Nigeria too

Anonymous said...

Can't call some of you girls ladies....

Anonymous said...

Its greed not greediness

Mfon Bassey said...

sorry tp be the black sheep but... its high time we stopped complaining like prostitution started today. lets find a way to bring these girls back to the country and create an industry for them.
prostitution can help the Economy (tourism and all).
thats where Nollywood is going so... lets lend a hand.

Mfon Bassey said...

sorry to be the black sheep but... its high time we stopped complaining like prostitution started today. lets find a way to bring these girls back to the country and create an industry for them.
prostitution can help the Economy (tourism and all).
thats where Nollywood is going so... lets lend a hand.

Anonymous said...

Lord! What is it wiv men and F***k!!! It still beats my imagination I tell u! I was just picturing everything I read. These girls sef na wa! Is it today we know that girls r taken to italy to prostitute under false pretences of giving dem a job? And a better life? Since "1970" e begin happen. We dey see am everyday for naija movies. And NAPTIP has and is still trying to put a stop to it! By creating awareness and telling d public how girls r decived and taken to italy to prostitute. But yet girls no wan hear!!!

lindiwei said...

Dis one no be poverty work o, na greed. Person wey fit cough out $13,000 to travel to italy no fit talk say she no dey fit eat at least 2 meals a day for 9ja. When there's life there's hope...... God help dem sha

Anonymous said...

Ode u no fit read abi!

Anonymous said...

Na edo girls like this kin bizness oh.

Anonymous said...

Derz notng like 'greediness'...its greed

Tc said...

Most of them dont learn from other people..them sef na wah 4 dem...stay in ur country,Mba! i must go abroad..mscheew God help tghem ooo

Anonymous said...

So easy to say get out of it when you are not experiencing it yourself. Its not so easy to walk away.........May i ask how do you get out of a life threatening situation ? those of you saying come back home.

its not just nigerian women, there is sex trafficking all over europe, women kidnapped from their homes and forced to be prostitutes. A lot more needs to be done,not a group of self righteous individuals leaving ignorant comments.

Mzz Wright said...

Gawd! What a shame, I feel so sowie for them sha *sad*

jenny 4 sure said...

U r still asleep. Wake up!! The world is already upside down.

Anonymous said...

It is a terrible situation, I went to Milan last year saw with my own eyes the condition Afticans live with there not just Nigerians but I disagree that they are deceived from here because sex trafficking and all the other horror stories are told everyday all around Workd. it is a sad situation and we should staring solving the problem from here by creating more awareness and job opportunities if not it will never stop! God help us all

Anonymous said...

i blame the nigerian government whenever a nigerian commits a crime. Our country Nigeria has money. We are blessed with natural resources. If the government wasnt embezzling all our country's money, Nigeria would have been the African London. There would have been alot of well functioning establishments and hence jobs and so less crime in the country. I hope shame used to catch our politicians when they hear of Nigerians commiting crimes abroad. Imagine Ngozi Okonjo Iweala opening her mouth on CNN and saying 99.9% of Nigerians are responsible. Even amanpour knows she is lying. America's responsible people are not even up to 99% talk less of Nigeria. Does she think other countries are not aware of the high rate of crime and corruption in Nigeria? When a Nigerian flies into another country, the security guys search us more than citizens of other countries. No matter how you lie to foreigners that Nigerians are good, they know in their mind that the average nigerian has a criminal mind. So who are we deceiving? Whenever a Nigerian is killed for committing any crime, their blood is on the head of politicians and other Nigerians whop are embezzling money whereever they are!

Anonymous said...

Both of you are Olodo, he/she is correct. Greediness is the right word.

Anonymous said...

Sometimes you wonder if the nigerian govt read stories like this !!!!
Give black people anything they destroy it, dont know why black people hate themself this much, slavery,govt stealin, oil pollution,no security,no road, no eletricity,no water, no hospital, no education, no jobs, no housing, yet the country has a functioning govt loool, no wonder white people dont have a single respect. The bible says be your brothers keeper!!! common sense.

Anonymous said...

Werrin b ur own with publicity madam? Na d only one u sabi? Abeg sharrap!

Zizie said...

@Kidodo, Akanimo and every other ignorant individual who has made derogatory reference to Edo girls as regarding this article, it's a shame that you all don't know how to read. Bloody fools! Hypocrites!

spiky said...

English maestros, is dat ur problem?

Anonymous said...

Your a very foolish person, go check ur dictionary. There is greediness, idiot!!

Anonymous said...

And in this sense,you have to say 'It's greed' not 'Its greed'...madam English! If u want to correct pple,learn how to correct ur own english first!

Anonymous said...

Nonsense.how do u expect to be treated in another man's land.(As a piece of shit or VIP)I pray for them though.there is nothing worse than this

Anonymous said...

Kidodo u are mad weti edo girls come do for here???na edo girls go kill u idiot.

Anonymous said...

Kidodo na edo girls go kill u idiot.

Anonymous said...

Is it only me dt finds ur eyes very very far from exotic??u beta arrange ur eye brows well de dont give u a classy look at all.tank me later

Anonymous said...

They where never force into sex slavery. It is their choice.

Anonymous said...

the lymphoma is prob tied to end stage hiv

Anonymous said...

Funny to see people correcting each other,when a sensetive issue is being discussed,sum girls r nt empowered,most of them r nt 4rm d city n dnt know d consequence of their decisions to travle out of the country in search of a better life pls try to b less judgemental when u think of them and pray for d soul of d young lady who lost her life in her pursuit of happiness

Anonymous said...

....keep washing your dirty linen in the public....Is there any country that doesn't have prostitutes? am not in support....but why do you raise an issue that is existing everywhere, and yet; you can't stop?...and why do you give Nigeria as an example of all the countries? ... any foreigner who reads this can be naive enough to see all Nigerian ladies in that light...including you. If you like don't post this...at least you have read it.

monday said...

Kill all Nigeria corrupt leaders,don't put them in jail

Topmoviehub.com said...

If you read this, i would throw the blame to the Nigerians, Mostly the girl's parents,who allow and encourage their daughters to come and "WORK" as they call it here in Italy.

I could write a book about this but the Camorra clan is just benefiting from our greed as Nigerians,who want to make money by all means especially the Bini's.

Anonymous said...

hmmm serious issues oh!
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