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Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Paris Photographer Documents Nigerian Prostitutes in Europe and The Hell They Live In After Being Tricked To join The Sex Trade


Nigerian women are being trafficked to Italy under the pretence that they will be working as nannies or in factories – but often end up working the streets as prostitutes.

Their plight has been highlighted by Paris-based photographer Elena Perlino, originally from Italy, who began to notice the presence of young African women working on the streets during her commutes from Turin.
She said: 'I decided to start from this surreal vision to tell a story. I have been working on the topic for several years, focusing mainly on the Italian connection.' Continue...

Police control find a Nigerian woman working as a prostitute in the outskirt of Turin
Perlino reveals that many Nigerian women come to Italy hoping to make enough money from honest work as nannies or factory workers to support their families back home, but are tricked by traffickers into working in the sex trade.

A Nigerian called Faith having a blood test at the Amedeo di Savoia Hospital in Turin
Nigerian woman Fatima shows the scars on her body due to vicious fighting with collegues working as prostitutes in the outskirts of Acerra
Nigerian women in a Catholic shelter for victims of trafficking
Eighty per cent of women trafficked to Italy come from Benin City, Edo State, in south Nigeria.

The photographer explained: ‘My work attempts to show a complex phenomenon that crosses Italy from North to South.

‘This involves many cities including Turin, Milan, Genoa, Rome, Naples and Palermo and thousands of Nigerian and Italian people.’
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime declared Nigeria among the top eight countries with the highest human trafficking rates in the world.

A Nigerian in Italy waits for a client in the countryside during the winter season
A Nigerian in Italy waits for a client in the countryside during the winter season
A Nigerian woman in a temporary detention centre
Italian police review the documents of a Nigerian woman working as a prostitute
A Nigerian woman, working as a prostitute in the countryside, is taken to a police station because she was found without a passport
This photograph shows a Nigerian woman waiting for a client in the summer season
A Nigerian woman commuting between Turin and Milan on the 4am train
Traffickers demand on average more than 50,000 euros (US $60,000) for travel expenses and accommodation, with the women having to work as prostitutes until their debts are paid off.
 
Eighty per cent of women trafficked to Italy come from Benin City, Edo State, in south Nigeria.
The photographer explained: ‘My work attempts to show a complex phenomenon that crosses Italy from North to South.
‘This involves many cities including Turin, Milan, Genoa, Rome, Naples and Palermo and thousands of Nigerian and Italian people.’

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime declared Nigeria among the top eight countries with the highest human trafficking rates in the world.

Culled from UK Daily Mail
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