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Unfortunate Sad Tale of Nigerian Girls Lured into Prostitution in Italy (Photos)

Nigerian girls are being subjected to mandatory prostitution daily in order to survive in Europe. Most of them are victims of human trafficking and never envisaged that they would ever become sex hawkers.

Rose thought she was coming to Europe to study and earn some money with a part-time job. What the Nigerian girl didn’t realise was that books would be a distant dream and the work she would be doing was prostitution.

“Two people working in an apparently-normal travel agency arranged my journey. But once we arrived in Europe, we were locked in an apartment for a month and a half,” she recounts. “They emptied our bags and seized our documents.

if i dont pay they will kill me and dump my body in a canal in Verona”

Sophie tells a similar tale.
She thought she was coming to work in a shop or a factory to give her and her family a chance of a better life. She now makes 2,000 euros (US $2,400) a week — something she could never have dreamed of back home in her village in Nigeria — but the price she pays is selling her body.

“I thought I would be free in Europe,” she says wistfully in the dark, tiny one-room flat she shares in the Italian port city of Genoa with two fellow sex workers.

There are no official figures but the International Office for Migration (IOM) estimates there 200,000 women living in Italy after being trafficked for sexual exploitation. And some local rights groups believe as many as 170,000 of them are Nigerian.

Traffickers demand on average more than 50,000 euros (US $60,000) for travel expenses and accommodation, with the girls having to work for them until the debt is paid off.

“I think in one year, I’ll be able to pay my debt,” said 24-year-old Naomi, who came to Italy to earn a living for her younger siblings after their parents died.

“I will pay. I don’t want to offend them. I know there will be so many problems down there if I don’t. I have already seen about 6 of my friends die because they tried to run away. i dont want to die. I am an only child and i am all my mother has”

That is a fear often held by women forced into prostitution, says Sister Valeria, a former prostitute who hails from Edo State, and now works with victims of trafficking in Italy. She says traffickers often coerce victims by exploiting their belief in voodoo rituals.

“They often make a sachet with the girl’s hair or underwear and even menstrual blood and they keep it,” she said. “Girls truly believe that if they reveal the names of these people or don’t pay them back, horrible things will happen to them and their families. They survive in the streets, some live in the bush or open field while others are murdered and raped on a daily basis by the unknown men they follow home:

They all seek greener pastures because Nigeria has failed its citizens




2 Responses

  1. Aysel

    Believe me, it’s really pathetic the life our brothers/sisters live in abroad ….be it Italy,Greece,Spain,UK and Ireland. Is it Canada or the US? Don’t get me wrong, there are decent Nigerians who are doing very well and contributing to the social economic development of their host nations.However, this set of Nigerians who came over for easy money,90% of them are in a mess.Come to South East London and environs, they are everywhere…males and females living as if they are still in Lagos.These are people who have lived here for close to 20 yrs, yet have not learnt anything from their new environment.Come to Greece, you will pity Nigerians and their lifestyles……Nothing to do.Just wandering about selling articles et al….Is it Italy, God have mercy. They don’t even have a place. Our girls wander around and beg tourists and Italians for free sex even….our men, rather sell drugs and shout on top of their voices ..’Do you know who I am’?Ireland???Come to Dublin 15 and how our ladies are fighting their husbands over Welfare benefits. A particular Bini MAN with a 10 months protruding belle has 9 Job.Asked him why he has so much children..if not to take advantage of the social services system and collects money from the state. Money that is meant for the upkeep of the kids, he uses to build houses in Nigeria and people back home assume that Bros is doing very well abroad. Our women are busy buying laces and having parties every wkend.None wants to go to school and acquire knowledge.Come to California, our men are so preoccupied with having nurses as wives who will work their arses off and bring money home. Those who couldn’t bear it, kick their men out and starts sleeping from one area code to the other. Ask them why they are single, they will tell you that there are no good man in LA,London, Ireland et al.Meanwhile, while they are busy hoping to marry that innocent dude back in Nigeria who is sending him love letters, dude back home is busy plotting on how to get her to marry him, and once he is over there, like a patient vulture, bids for his time, gets what he wants and off he goes…..And the cycle continues.It’s really pahiettc because in the eyes of the world, Nigerians are the scum of the earth.It is because of the crave for material things and the desire to be seen as arrived, that push people to do all these.What happens to ‘Taking it easy’ with life? Where are we rushing with these accumulation of wealth et al?Everybody is competing to outdo others. The so called naija babes who were even lucky to study and work abroad acts as if they are much better than the owners of the land.Walk into any company and see a naija babe there,her air would be as if she’s the be it all…..try talking to her,Jesus christ, she looks at you as if you are a dirt….They set so much high standard and picture of how the man they want to be should look like….at 33, are still single and professing woman liberation, while crying out of loneliness in the middle of the night.They men are worse off …they struggled to do menial jobs,saved up few thousands,buy few designer clothes from outlets, come to LAGOS,lodge in Hotel and burn 5 yrs savings in 2wks and head back again jobless.Who are you trying to impress?

    1. admin

      Well put.
      It is unfortunate that a few bad eggs are soiling the Nigerian image abroad.
      Lets hope the right people are reading!

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