This matters if you are human! All children should be protected, they are our future, and we let them be taken,used, abused and enslaved into a life of prostitution and slavery. Where are we? Look around you and feel the pain, the hurt, the shame and the disgust that we tolerate as a human society. Have we no shame? No compassion! No love for our neighbors and their children, so how can we call ourselves civilized? And most of all, how can we face ourselves in the morning, knowing what is going on outside our door! But maybe we are like the majority of people in this world, Its’ not happening to me! So I don’t think about it.
If we know that this is just an hour’s drive from Naples, and much of Castel Volturno’s businesses are run by the Neapolitan mafia, the Camorra. When 15,000 legal and illegal immigrants — 40% of today’s population — started flooding into the region to work on mafia-run tomato farms, Nigerian criminals seized the opportunity to start trafficking drugs and people.
Anti-mafia investigators, who explain, that the Nigerian mafia could not operate without paying the Italian mafia their cut. The most visible sign of organized crime are Nigerian prostitutes on the Domitiana road, which straddles Castel Volturno for 28 kilometers. After speaking to Trafficked Nigerian prostitutes and hearing how [prior to their departure from Africa] they are subjected to secret Juju rite to entrap them in a bond of slavery with their mafia traffickers. The women now believe escape from this bond is impossible. If they try to break free they and their families could go mad and die. It is this oath which makes it harder to rescue the Nigerian women than any other nationality.
A 2010 UNICRI report shows the evolving nature of Nigerian women in the sex trade . Once the girls have paid off their debt to the traffickers, averaging around 60,000 Euros, they frequently become ‘Madams’ themselves, making a living of prostitution by importing yet more girls. UNICRI estimates an annual presence of Nigerian street workers in Italy, of 8,000 -10,000 which is a figure that puts the Nigerian group at the top of different groups in forced prostitution. Significantly, the report also states that around 25,000 minor and adult women have left the sexual exploitation circus between 2001 and 2009 throwing light on a rapid turn-over of women in the sex trade.
The Nigerian State of Edo is the primary source area for women and girls who are trafficked into Italy as prostitutes. Figures from Nigeria are far harder to come by, but investigators from Nigeria’s anti-trafficking authority, NAPTIP, estimate that between 20,000 to 40,000 Nigerian girls are stuck in brothels in Mali, many of them en route to Europe, with male customers paying as little as $2.00.
This is maybe where one, should have been more challenging with the Nigerian anti-trafficking officers. The 2011 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report published by the US State Department paints NAPTIP in a less positive light. The report states that Nigeria fully complies with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking but highlights that it did not demonstrate an increase in its anti-trafficking law enforcement efforts. “Although the government claimed to have increased its budget allocation to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and other Related Matters (NAPTIP) which was forecast to receive an estimated $7 million last year, the government did not disclose actual disbursements to NAPTIP.”
Furthermore, the TIP report points out that NAPTIP initiated 262 new investigations but only achieved 12 convictions and that. In response to NAPTIP’s investigations in Mali it also raises concern “that senior NAPTIP officials’ regular travel abroad during the year did not yield discernible results in terms of arrests.” This comes as a disappointment given how pervasive trafficking still is.
- Trafficked women trapped between Italian mafia and immigrant gangs (guardian.co.uk)