nigerian trafficking in italy

Research shows that about 10,000 Nigerian prostitutes in Italy are subjected to human trafficking. Instead, she walked to the train station, intending to travel to Rome. The number of investigations into trafficking to Italy dropped steeply from 2014 onwards, just as there was a spike in arrivals of Nigerian women and girls without visas. The murders shocked people in Sicily and put a spotlight on the harrowing experiences Nigerian women face in forced prostitution. The room where the women were held was overcrowded and hot. While this is a worldwide problem, Italy is a known destination for trafficked victims. “They don’t let you sleep at night,” Pietroiusti said. By Editor on 30/06/2018. Castel Volturno in Campania is considered the headquarters of the Nigerian mafia in Europe. Read about our approach to external linking. The traffickers prey on the women's spiritual beliefs so they become too afraid to speak up, fearing if they do so harm will come to them or loved ones back home. The traditional ritual is very frightening, and exerts power over the young women long after they have left their home. • Follow the Long Read on Twitter at @gdnlongread, and sign up to the long read weekly email here. The UN's International Organisation for Migration estimates 80 per cent of the Nigerian women and girls arriving by sea are likely to be victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation in Italy. Her task is to identify human trafficking victims among the detainees, offer them counselling and legal help, and get them moved to a shelter. Susan’s survival strategy was to avoid the men who came looking for sex – to work as little as possible. She kept records of phone numbers and notes of what happened to her. The investigation also revealed that Ivie had herself worked in the streets as a sex worker for a few years before becoming a madam. Enraged by her meagre earnings, Ivie would yell at her: “You’re not a serious girl.” She was forced to work the streets every night, from 5pm until 3am, standing in the cold and rain. But since then, as more migrants have arrived, the political landscape has changed. The woman had offered to pay for Susan’s journey to Europe and promised she would get decent, paid work when she arrived. When Susan’s turn came, De Masi approached her and asked: “Who brought you here?”. In March 2016, about a month after Susan fled to Rome, Ivie sent men to her mother’s house in Nigeria. One of the challenges was finding people who could translate from Igbo into Italian. Women being held in the Ponte Galeria detention centre for migrants near Rome in 2017. n Prato, Susan found herself living a nightmare. Several of Quinto’s clients’ families have been attacked. Not everybody involved in Susan’s trafficking was prosecuted. After Susan was transferred to the new city in northern Italy in January 2016, she kept recording as many details as she could. De Masi and Quinto bought a bottle of wine to celebrate on the train back to Rome. Seeing De Masi and Quinto waiting for her at the station was a relief. The trafficker called them “the little ones”, Pietroiusti said. De Masi has been helping Susan fight for her right to remain in Italy and rebuild a life here. Victims of trafficking are rarely identified during immigration controls. Ivie had created a hierarchy, making it hard for the girls to bond. But in February 2016, a magistrate specialising in organised crime, Angela Pietroiusti, launched an investigation that would cut through layers of prejudice and bring the expertise of anti-mafia units to bear on sex trafficking. Sometimes she and her colleagues approach the detainees in the corridors; sometimes it’s the women who enter the library and strike up a conversation. But one joined forces with investigators in Italy to expose the traffickers. “I started telling the truth, and I became so relaxed,” she told me. To make themselves heard above the panicked and bewildered voices, De Masi and other aid workers climbed on to a table and shouted. As one of the key witnesses in a trafficking trial, it is too dangerous for her to go back to Nigeria. She had managed to keep the contact details of the immigration lawyer she had seen at the Ponte Galeria detention centre in July 2015. “If I could choose, I would like to help old women.” She is now waiting for the Italian asylum commission to re-evaluate her case and to have her documents renewed. “From immigration offices to prosecutors’ offices, every door should be wide open to them. Sex trafficking is rife in Nigeria, in particular in southern Benin City, a recruiting ground for criminal gangs who smuggle women to Europe. One day at the end of January, five weeks after Susan had arrived in Prato, Susan was moved to another town in the north of Italy. Nigeria has equally stepped up efforts to contain the situation. On Wednesdays, De Masi and her team Be Free usually set up in Ponte Galeria’s library, a dark room with few books and many mosquitos. After a few failed attempts to gather more of Susan’s story, De Masi, together with the immigration lawyer, helped her file an asylum application. In 2017, the UN’s International Organization for Migration reported that 80% were potential victims of sex trafficking, but numbers are hard to confirm. Female traffickers could be in detention together with their victims. Many Italians want to help Nigerian women, she says, but the trouble is that in a time of increasing anti-migrant sentiments, some other Italians do not want them to do so. The lawyer established the most important thing: that the woman who had trafficked Susan would not see her. “It’s the juju!” she screamed, convinced that she was being punished because she was about to betray her madam, to whom she had sworn an oath of loyalty back in Nigeria. Such trafficking is not new but the numbers since the so-called migrant crisis began in 2015 have doubled. At the shelter, Ms Egbon says she wants to empower the women by giving them access to education - Italian classes and training that may help them get jobs. The woman who picked up her file was an experienced special prosecutor named Angela Pietroiusti. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Ivie controlled her from afar, calling her often, and her new madam pressured her for money. Women of Benin City runs a drop-in centre, offering advice and, importantly, emotional support, which sets the group apart. VideoWhat does the world want from Joe Biden? A trafficked Nigerian woman in Italy in 2014. hen De Masi learned that Susan’s evidence had finally led to arrests, she was taken aback. To protect them from crossing paths with their traffickers, Pietroiusti invited them to wait in her office. Susan was never alone, but she felt isolated. She had built a thriving business, and trained her 24-year-old daughter to run it for her, exploiting women her own age and younger. Human traffickers tend to send their profits back to their home countries (wiretaps had revealed that Susan’s madam had boasted about owning several houses in Nigeria), and leave no assets in Italy. Be Free’s lawyer Carla Quinto pointed out that it can also afford them better protection: if traffickers threaten a survivor after she presses charges, police forces are usually quicker to intervene. Nigeria has a history of hearing financial issues causing significant unemployment and poverty. Susan’s main concern was to stay in Italy and protect her patron at all costs. But to keep it open will be hard as she runs on a voluntary basis from donations. Once she got to the reception centre, Susan managed to get hold of a phone and re-established contact with Ivie. Ms Egbon was trafficked 18 years ago from her home there to work in forced prostitution. Susan underwent a traditional juju oath-taking ceremony, in front of a priest, in which she swore to pay the woman back and to be loyal to her. Some survivors are so scared of their traffickers that they deny they were trafficked and forced into prostitution, even when they are presented with the evidence. “That’s when I decided to leave,” Susan said. Frustrated by Susan’s poor earnings, Ivie hit her so hard that Susan was afraid she was going to lose the sight in one eye. Sex trafficking is big business. After two months, Ivie came in a car to collect her. Soon after, Ivie picked her up and brought her to an apartment in Prato, outside Florence. “We have to work.”, Susan thought it must be a joke. Under an agreement between Italy and Nigeria, Italian police forces may alert Nigerian authorities so that they can protect survivors’ relatives once a complaint has been filed, but this measure has proven ineffective. Video, Four-year-old's viral dinosaur song made into book, What does the world want from Joe Biden? A pre-trial hearing was set for July 2019, and Susan took the train to Florence. Pietroiusti is in her early 60s, and that day was wearing a sparkling blue glittery top, which made for a vivid contrast with metal detectors at the entrance of the building and the security guards outside her office – grim reminders of the dangers of her work. Her madam had celebrated the final payment by asking for another €2,000 as a “gift” and offering Hillary the opportunity to become a madam herself. Be Free rented an apartment so that Quinto could help Susan prepare for the hearing. The hardest thing to bear was that her sacrifice was not even helping her family in Nigeria. The morning of the hearing, Susan wore a bright T-shirt with the words: “I must be successful.” Nine survivors were due to speak as witnesses in the trial. Susan had made it to Rome, and found the lawyer’s office before nightfall. “We can’t say openly that we are an anti-trafficking organisation,” De Masi explained. Susan, however, used the notebook to record her experience. According to Quinto, the outcome often depends on the attitudes of whoever happens to be the prosecutor on the case. “She was angry as hell,” said De Masi. “There was no way I was going to miss this day,” De Masi told me. After the women arrive, they must start paying their debts back to their traffickers - which can be up to $35,000 (£27,000) - through forced sex work, often leaving them in debt bondage. One girl's quest for clean water. The exploited women, and their children, were abandoned and left in isolation without food or money during the country’s three-month lockdown, which started in March, according to a recent report by the Guardian. Of the 70 survivors’ cases that Be Free handles every year, no more than three go to trial, and almost never for human trafficking or slavery. 4Trafficking of Nigerian Girls in Italy. When De Masi learned that Susan’s evidence had finally led to arrests, she was taken aback. But about a week after her arrival, the new madam went on a trip to Nigeria, leaving Susan with another woman whose control wasn’t as tight. One of them handed Susan a pair of high-heeled shoes and a short skirt. Some of them bring new women to Italy in order to finish paying off their debt to their traffickers and find a way out of the streets, and others have been exploited for so long that they see exploitation of others as their only option for a better life. Share on Tweet. “It was as if justice had been served not only for Susan, but for all the other women we had worked with,” she told me. Quinto and De Masi share a passion for cigarettes, and the affectionate, brutal intimacy of siblings. That year, in an attempt to curb trafficking to Europe, Oba Ewuare II, the spiritual ruler of the kingdom of Benin, held a sacred ceremony to revoke all curses that sealed the debt bondage and set victims free. One morning in early February, she packed her phone and notebook in a small purse and left the house, saying she had to meet a client in a nearby town. Key to this investigation were the detailed notes and photographs that one woman, outraged at being forced into prostitution, had amassed in secret. None of the victims were required to attend in person, but De Masi and Quinto were there to see the traffickers, who had caused so much pain and suffering, brought to justice. After De Masi picked Susan up from the immigration lawyer’s office, she helped to get her into a shelter. The most important European destination for Nigerian trafficking victims is Italy, where there may be as many as 10,000 Nigerian prostitutes. The first few minutes of the exchange are crucial. Even with the evidence Susan had amassed, De Masi and Quinto knew how hard it would be to put together a case against her traffickers. Complex cases, such as ones involving human trafficking, tend to be passed over by judges, Pietroiusti said with a sigh, as they require more time and work to evaluate. There were no days off. Some names in this piece have been changed. 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By Ottavia Spaggiari, Last modified on Mon 14 Sep 2020 12.00 BST. Every transaction she wrote down was evidence of what she was forced to endure. In 2018, she had spent two months in Nigeria’s Edo state to research the country’s anti-trafficking efforts. The two main groups of Nigerian mafia that operate in Italy are the Supreme Eye and the Black Ax and are linked primarily to prostitution and to drug trafficking. Filing criminal justice complaints is a way for women who have been trafficked to regain a feeling of power, De Masi said. She said it felt like a weight had been lifted from her. .css-14iz86j-BoldText{font-weight:bold;}In our series of letters from African journalists, Ismail Einashe discovers how Nigerian women are standing up to traffickers in Italy. Sometimes she and her colleagues approach the detainees in the corridors; sometimes it’s the women who enter the library and strike up a conversation. In 2016 some 11,000 Nigerian women arrived in Italy by sea. Because of their complexity, in Italy human trafficking investigations are managed by local anti-mafia directorates – special prosecutors’ units created in the early 90s to coordinate investigations into organised crime in Italy. Her task is to identify human trafficking victims among the detainees, offer them counselling and legal help, and get them moved to a shelter. She wanted justice. “Trafficking cases are as complex as mafia cases,” Pietroiusti told me when I met her in her office overlooking the city of Florence, with Brunelleschi’s dome and the Tuscan hills in the distance. If survivors do file a complaint, their families back home are at risk of retaliation. In addition to witness testimony, the wiretaps also offered a window into the violence that the victims experienced on a daily basis. As other women got anxious, De Masi took out her phone. (Foreign Correspondent: Louie Eroglu) The difficulty of bringing traffickers to justice is a global problem. But after Silvio Berlusconi’s rightwing government issued new legislation in 2009 to clamp down on undocumented migrants, the police attitude towards sex-trafficking victims started to change. “Nobody,” Susan replied firmly. In August 2016, once she had realised Marianne was under 18, Pietroiusti instructed police officers to stop her in the streets and take her to a shelter for minors while surveillance on the other women continued. “Some of the women need time to open up.”. By the time the four madams were arrested, it was three years since Susan had filed her criminal complaint. Seeing Hillary particularly upset her. “Let’s go,” she said. Nigerian women and girls are subjected to sex trafficking within Nigeria and throughout Europe, including in France, Italy, Spain, Austria, and Russia; in 2017, an international organization estimated 80 percent of all female Nigerian migrants in Italy are or will become sex trafficking victims. “But we managed to find some of them,” Pietroiusti said with a smile. © 2021 BBC. Joy Ezekiel was trafficked to Italy and forced to work as a prostitute. “Everybody calmed down,” she told me. Pietroiusti also has a rule: she only asks questions when it is strictly necessary. In May, a criminal complaint was filed against Ivie on Susan’s behalf. The trial would last just one day. Photograph: Reuters, Escape: the woman who brought her trafficker to justice, usan had been on Italian soil for exactly three days when, on 23 July 2015, she was taken with dozens of other new arrivals to a noisy, overcrowded detention centre in Rome, and told she would shortly be deported back to. She did not yet know what Ivie had in store for her. If she had a fever, or had her period, she had to work. Views: 1,548 Blessing Okoedion rose from being a victim of sex trafficking to becoming an advocate in the fight against modern slavery. Victims are generally afraid to come forward, and few traffickers have been identified. Reporting for this story was supported by the Global Migration Project at Columbia Journalism School. In Palermo the women usually end up in the multicultural neighbourhood of Ballarò, where they are forced to work in what are called "connection houses" managed by "mamas", or they work on the streets. The madam she had been transferred to in northern Italy was never identified, nor were the male traffickers involved in her journey from Nigeria to Italy. According to a US state department report, published in June this year, only 135 people in Italy were investigated for trafficking in 2019, compared to 314 in 2018, and 482 in 2017. The United Nations migration agency estimates that 80 percent of Nigerian women arriving in Italy - more than 11,000 in 2016 - are potential victims of sex trafficking. The defendants had chosen a fast-track trial – a tool in Italian law that speeds up the criminal process and, in case of conviction, allows a reduction of the sentence. Interviewing them requires careful strategy and sensitivity. On a hot September afternoon I drove up to see the shelter in a sleepy village - far away from the island's capital, Palermo, so the women can be hidden away from those they are escaping. The lack of investigative collaboration with Nigeria, Niger and Libya made it impossible to investigate or prosecute any of the middle men involved in Susan’s trafficking. They explained that they would need to speak to each of the women individually. The judge would hear the witnesses in court, one by one, but the defendants would be in a separate room in the courthouse, following their testimonies via videolink. But everything remains so difficult.”. Even if they are identified as possible victims, under questioning, many women struggle to recall details of their journey. When Susan’s turn to see the judge came, she was shaking, but she quickly got over her nerves. They made small talk and chain smoked. “They didn’t tell me I would come here to be a prostitute,” Susan told me. The fact that victims are undocumented, and tend not to trust the police, means they become even more dependent on their traffickers. The Nigerian community in Italy is not large, and most recent migrants are afraid of causing trouble for themselves and their families. The women were terrified. The notebook was a record of Susan’s debt bondage – a reminder that if she met more clients and made more money, she could supposedly earn her freedom more rapidly. “The less you interview them, the better it is,” she told me. Susan remained silent. Criminalisation of migration became the priority.”. “As much as you can recommend them to keep it private, they are still girls – they might talk to a friend about it, and word of the investigation may get around.”. A history of suffering The trafficking of Nigerian women for prostitution began in the late 1980s, according to the UN, when women were sent to Italy and forced into sex work. Sex Slavery: How Nigerian trafficking survivors in Italy are helping each other (Photos) Thomson Reuters Foundation has published "Princess, a life helping victims of sex trafficking" a project where brave Nigerian human trafficking survivors, mostly from Edo State, shared their lives, stories and how they are helping each other. “So much time had passed, I thought the case had been dismissed,” De Masi told me. Susan’s information was detailed, reliable and well documented. Osas Egbon opened up a shelter for these victims of trafficking on the Italian island in January - the first of its kind created by and for Nigerian women. Several Nigerian trafficking networks have expanded … Quinto speaks as if she is always in a hurry. Now, here in Italy, Susan knew that if she did not repay the debt, there would be terrible consequences. The defendants had chosen a fast-track trial – a tool in Italian law that speeds up the criminal process and, in case of conviction, allows a reduction of the sentence. It is a typical Sicilian village house with a large kitchen, a terrace with views out on to the verdant hills. This time Susan wanted to talk. In Libya, Susan had been locked up for two weeks in a makeshift jail, crowded with people who were waiting to cross the sea to Europe. The majority of sex trafficking victims are from Nigeria, although more recently their numbers have decreased; however, the government and civil society maintain that Nigerian women and unaccompanied minors remain extremely vulnerable to trafficking because of the continued operation of several organized Nigerian trafficking networks. When she finally made it on the train, her phone began to ring. She and her friends were prompted to act after the horrific murders in late 2011 and early 2012 of two young Nigerian women. “She was incredibly reliable. She had sworn her loyalty to Ivie, the woman she met in Edo state. Before arriving in Italy the women are forced to swear juju oaths - a ritual ceremony overseen by spiritual priests where they promise never to denounce their traffickers to the police, to obey their "mamas" and to fully pay their debts. One of the survivors got a bad headache. Every night in the rain, every day,” Susan said. VideoOne girl's quest for clean water, The surveillance of Martin Luther King Jr. VideoThe surveillance of Martin Luther King Jr, Striking news pictures from around the world. Since then Ms Egbon says it has become easier to gain the trust of the women and she has been able to help free many of them. ‘Susan is back.” The immigration lawyer was on the phone to De Masi. She was building a case by following the women’s activities, but needed access to communications between the traffickers. he trial was set for five months later, on 13 December 2019. The Italian authorities have discovered an organization of Nigerian origins involved in the trafficking of minors for prostitution that made use of contacts in Libya and Italy to arrange the trips. Susan had been on Italian soil for exactly three days when, on 23 July 2015, she was taken with dozens of other new arrivals to a noisy, overcrowded detention centre in Rome, and told she would shortly be deported back to Nigeria. But the women around her were not laughing. De Masi told Susan she believed Hillary was a victim like her. De Masi and Quinto knew Susan’s chance of winning justice was small. Susan’s case involved thousands of pages of phone records and transcribed conversations. At each step along her journey to Europe, Susan had been picked up by different sets of middle men, who were co-ordinating their operations via phone with Ivie, her madam in Italy. The women each have their own rooms but share a kitchen and bathroom. By the time arrest warrants were issued for the four Nigerian madams, police had lost all trace of the girls. Human trafficking of Nigerian women to Italy began to occur in the 1980s because of the demand for low-skilled labor in … • According to IOM, an astounding 94% of all Nigerian women trafficked to Europe for prostitution hail from Edo State, with Italy being the number one destination country. Are your tinned tomatoes picked by slave labour? She reminded me what Quinto, who has salt-and-pepper short hair and always wears jeans and tennis shoes, often says: “Clients like me because I don’t look like a lawyer.”. Hillary’s father, who lived in Nigeria, had been working closely with Ivie, and had recruited his own daughter, as well as other girls. For Susan, Ivie’s conviction was more than had she hoped for. She provided her madam’s phone number and the names of the other girls.” As one of the few prosecutors handling human trafficking cases in her office, Pietroiusti was able to make a connection between Susan’s criminal complaint and the investigation she had recently started. None of the victims were required to attend in person, but De Masi and Quinto were there to see the traffickers, who had caused so much pain and suffering, brought to justice. When she heard the sentence, De Masi cried. She was given the use of the property by an Italian friend. Half a dozen people were investigated, but in January 2017, just four madams, including Ivie’s daughter, were indicted for trafficking 17 young women and girls from Nigeria to Italy. In January she made only €420. VideoFour-year-old's viral dinosaur song made into book, Why a teacher was killed 'execution-style' in Ethiopia, End to Gibraltar land border prompts joy and trepidation. In autumn 2018, the so-called Salvini decree – named after the far-right politician who was then deputy prime minister of Italy – introduced a series of measures that made it more difficult for survivors of trafficking such as Susan to renew their immigration status and rebuild their lives. Half a dozen people were investigated, but in January 2017, just four madams, including Ivie’s daughter, were indicted for trafficking 17 young women and girls from Nigeria to Italy. The Nigerian mafia has a strong presence throughout Italy. Escape: the woman who brought her trafficker to justice – podcast. The investigation revealed that he had pressured Hillary to work overtime, so that she could pay her debt and become a madam – something that she never did. 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