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How Innocent Nigerian Women Are Sold As Sex Workers, Prostitutes In Italy

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How Innocent Nigerian Women Are Sold As Sex Workers, Prostitutes In Italy

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May 3rd, 2013 – How Innocent Nigerian Women Are Sold As Sex Workers,  Prostitutes In Italy

Naples mafiosi were convicted last week of forcing a Nigerian cancer patient into prostitution. Barbie Latza Nadeau on the African girls trapped in Italy’s sex-slave trade.

The Domitiana highway was built in 95 A.D. as a thoroughfare, leading north up the boot of Italy from the bay of Naples. Now it is something like a one-stop sex supermarket where up to 600 Nigerian prostitutes can be found at a time along a 30-kilometer stretch of the pot-holed road.

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.”

[Source: The Daily Beast]



  1. Becky

    May 4, 2013 at 5:24 AM

    Dis isn’t wat a fellow being shuld av done,does dis lady wants 2 tel me dat she cnt afford her any oda job? Or are dis nigerian gals stupid enough 2 go out of deir wil? Wen u can talk of d gals of past bt nt d 1ce dat kn and undastand wat dey are in2,bt 4 me d lady who prostituted her own fellow shuld be jailed 20yrs in prison.

  2. Dany

    May 4, 2013 at 5:52 AM

    Niger wit money ne? Chai God help us o

  3. Jude jude

    May 4, 2013 at 6:08 AM

    May God help them out!!!

  4. Parry

    May 4, 2013 at 6:20 AM

    This is absolutely demonic and should be abrogated. These ppl are really wicked and should be arrested for real

  5. Mimi

    May 4, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    I think those girls want to do what they re doing bcus the agreemnt started at home. Am one of them but i when was brght here i found my way to a house work and have been doing fine but when u tell those girls they will say how can the come to europe and become house girls so they prefer paying that money and hoping to make their own after paying very few nums of them re been force to do that and those few if they cry out they will come out. Anyway may God help them

  6. silvia

    May 4, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    its only god dat saves dos people shuld be put 2 lfe impronsonmnt cos i have witnes 1 before

  7. Faruk

    May 4, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Universal ladies advice. u writ ur comment (a gud comment)! bet u are d type dat wil stil copy dsam behaviour, or b dsam character. SO DO NOT BE DESIVE OR LED TO DAT WAY.

  8. Amos dangwani

    May 5, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    shame on companies, no work ,no house ,no food and no cloth .a girl came to your office looking for job the next thing you would like to see the colour of her pant before giving her work. imaging somebody that has money to feed nigerians for two years but can not build even pure water company for nigerian men and women to work. please let us do the right thing and stop making noise.

  9. Rinakelly

    May 6, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    What is dis world truning to?…may God help us o

  10. soli

    May 7, 2013 at 6:45 AM

    for me i got nothing to say bcus they caused it for matter how no freedom outside

  11. kc

    May 7, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    people should be very careful of any decision to be taken. may god deliver us in jesus name

  12. junior

    May 27, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    very interested

  13. mariam

    October 29, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    i wanna travel and be nasty too its good busnes

  14. kay

    February 14, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    let all man try to worj hard and pray for our am writing this message is happening to me. i hav a wife that i did married with and she hv born baby to me.and her parent just come and take her for passport before i kw anythinh they hv throught.some they domnt family with want to take 3girls to spain she said there is work there but for online am talking to u right now i dont get my self ..almost 9 years in relationship… if they jain nigeria girl or kill them is what thy ar also looking for.those lady out side now all they need is money .. thank any body with any advise …in conclusion when i hv the oppotunity to travel to UK 6 year ago she did not allowed me when she hear about it and the am going there for schooling…i swear since then i can sex only her.i dont kw what she did and now that she is going pls people what should i do.and she said she did nt kw anything abt it

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