Nigerian women tricked into Prostitution in Italy – Shocking Inside Story in Pictures
Nigerian women and girls have been trafficked to Italy for sex work since the 1980s, but now the United Nations estimates that 8,000 to 10,000 are forced into the country’s street prostitution each year, making them the largest national group trafficked for the Italian sex trade.
Police control find a Nigerian woman working as a prostitute in the outskirt of Turin
Nigerian woman Fatima shows the scars on her body due to vicious fighting with collegues working as prostitutes in the outskirts of Acerra
A Nigerian in Italy waits for a client in the countryside during the winter season
A Nigerian cultural mediator offers condoms and psychological support to some of the younger prostitutes working close to Acerra
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.
Arrests, violence and abuse often follow.
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.
Nigerian women working as prostitutes in the North area of Turin
Nigerian women in a Catholic shelter for victims of trafficking
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
A Nigerian called Faith having a blood test at the Amedeo di Savoia Hospital in Turin
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