Reportage inédit : après avoir échappé à la Libye et survécu à la traversée, elles sont obligées de se prostituer en Italie
Après avoir échappé à la Libye et avoir survécu à la traversée de la Méditerranée, «beaucoup de migrantes africaines se retrouvent obligées de se prostituer en Italie», victimes de réseaux de proxénètes bien organisés.
Un reportage de TV5MONDE.
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Turin 2007. A Catholic shelter for Nigerian women victims of trafficking, who entered the Protection Program.
Photo Series Highlights The Issue Of Human Sex Trafficking from Nigeria to Italy
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime declared Nigeria among the top eight countries with the highest human trafficking rates in the world.
In her long-term project Pipeline Paris-based Elena Perlino delves into the shocking reality, concentrating specifically on women trafficked to Italy from Nigeria.
The 42-year-old photographer who is originally from Italy, began to notice the presence of young African women working on the streets when she would commute from Turin.
« 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. »
These women come to Europe under the pretence that they will be working as nannies or work in factories, with the hope they can send money back to their families.
However, most of their dreams of freedom quickly collapse into a nightmare of prostitution and abuse.
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.
The 80% of women trafficked to Italy come from Benin City (Edo State), in south Nigeria.
The photographer explains: « 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. »
« I was really interested to show …
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