About 3,600 Nigerian women arrived by boat into Italy so far, in 2016, and more than 80 per cent likely to be trafficked into prostitution, the UN said. According to the UN’s International Office for Migration, IOM, the development has reached crisis levels.
According to a report, the women are first arrived in Libya from where they are shipped to Italy by traffickers, using migrant reception centres as holding pens.
“What we have seen this year is a crisis; it is absolutely unprecedented and is the most significant increase in the number of Nigerian women arriving in Italy for 10 years,” said Simona Moscarelli, anti-trafficking expert at the IOM.
Moscarelli added: “Our indicators are the majority of these women are being deliberately brought in for sexual exploitation purposes. There has been a big enhancement of criminal gangs and trafficking networks engaging in the sexual exploitation of younger and younger Nigerian girls.”
The IOM statistics shows that in 2014, about 1,500 Nigerian women arrived by sea, increasing to 5,633 in 2015.
“Already we have seen nearly 4,000 women come in the first six months of this year,” said Moscarelli. “We are expecting the numbers to have increased again by the end of this year.”
Source: Guardian UK