Five people have been arrested in Italy for smuggling Nigerian women into Europe and forcing them into prostitution, according to Italian Carabinieri Police. The suspects, apprehended in the Sicilian town of Messina, were part of an organised crime racket that smuggled “at least 15’’ unaccompanied minors into “several European Union countries’’ via Libya and Sicily, the police said in a statement yesterday.
The syndicate relied on an Italian accomplice who worked in a migrant charity.According to Police, he would help the criminals trace the women after their arrival in Sicily and contribute to forcing them into prostitution.
The Carabinieri said they documented criminal activity during the 2015 to 2017 period. They said “black magic’’ rituals would be performed on the young women before they left Nigeria, to force them into submission.
Some of the arrested also dabbled in heroin trafficking, police said.In 2017, a report by the International Organisation for Migration said three-quarters of the roughly 11,000 Nigerian women who landed in Italy in 2018 may have been taken there by sex traffickers. The IOM, a UN agency, said it was difficult to make precise estimates because most victims of the sex trade are afraid to speak up.
They are also afraid to seek assistance because they are: ashamed; submissive to traffickers accompanying them on migrant boats; or fear retaliation against their relatives.
The IOM, a UN agency, said it was difficult to make precise estimates because most victims of the sex trade are afraid to speak up. They are also afraid to seek assistance because they are: ashamed; submissive to traffickers accompanying them on migrant boats; or fear retaliation against their relatives. Quick facts about prostitution around the world; Human trafficking, a form of modern day slavery, involves the illegal trade of people for exploitation or commercial gain and is a $150 billion global industry. Two thirds of this figure ($99 billion) is generated from commercial sexual exploitation, while another $51 billion results from forced economic exploitation, including domestic work, agriculture and other economic activities. Supra.
The average woman trafficked for forced sexual servitude/exploitation generates $100,000 in annual profits (anywhere from 100% to 1,000% return on investment) (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)). According to the United Nations, the smuggling route from East, North and West Africa to Europe is said to generate $150 million in annual profits ( $35 billion globally).
Human trafficking is a high profit, low risk business which allows traffickers to generally operate with impunity. Globally, in 2016, there were only a total of 14,894 prosecutions and 9,701 convictions. 1,251 prosecutions and 1,119 convictions were generated on the entire African continent (2017 U.S. State Department Trafficking in Persons Report).
The total number of human trafficking victims outside of Nigeria is largely unknown. However, it is undisputed that principally due to Nigeria’s population, Nigeria is routinely listed as one of the countries with the largest number of trafficking victims overseas (particularly in Europe), with victims identified in over 40 countries in 2017. The recent scourge of illegal migration has highlighted Nigeria’s challenges in this area, with one former Nigerian Permanent Representative to the United Nations (Mr. Martin Uhomoibhi) contending in June 2017 that in 2016 alone,
What are your thoughts on this? Kindly leave a comment