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Trafficking of Nigerian women into prostitution in Europe ‘at crisis level’

Trafficking of Nigerian women into prostitution in Europe ‘at crisis level’

Thousands of women and girls are being trafficked to Italy from Nigeria, into a life of forced prostitution. Abused and desperately vulnerable, they have a champion in Princess Okokon, who was herself trafficked from Nigeria in 1999. Okokon fled her captors, and, with her husband, Alberto, set up the NGO Piam Onlus. Together they have […]

Trafficked To Turin: The Nigerian Women Forced To Work As Prostitutes In Italy

Trafficked To Turin: The Nigerian Women Forced To Work As Prostitutes In Italy

It’s just after 9pm when the first Nigerian women start to appear on the streets of Asti, a small city near Turin in northern Italy. Some stand in groups of two or three, flagging down passing cars or checking their phones. Many are alone – solitary figures backlit by the stream of headlights moving into […]

Turkey To Shut Military Academies As It Targets Armed Forces For ‘Cleansing’

Turkey To Shut Military Academies As It Targets Armed Forces For ‘Cleansing’

Turkey will shut its military academies and put the armed forces under the command of the defence minister, Fikri Işık, president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Saturday in a move designed to bring the military under tighter government control after a failed coup. Isik told broadcaster NTV the shake-up in the military was not yet […]

Armenians Step Up Their Demands In A Fourth Summer Of Protest

Armenians Step Up Their Demands In A Fourth Summer Of Protest

That thousands of Yerevan residents should take to the streets, as they have done every day this past week, is no real surprise. It is, after all, the fourth summer in a row that mass protests have gripped the Armenian capital. In 2013, demonstrators protested price hikes for public transportation. In 2014 it was pension […]

Campaign Launched To Discourage Refugees From Heading To Europe

Campaign Launched To Discourage Refugees From Heading To Europe

Italy and a refugee rights group are turning to Facebook and Twitter as part of a new social media campaign to try to dissuade African refugees from making the treacherous journey to Europe over the Mediterranean. An estimated 3,000 people have been killed this year while attempting to reach Italy’s southern shore, while 60% of […]

Angela Merkel Defends Germany’s Refugee Policy After Attacks

Angela Merkel Defends Germany’s Refugee Policy After Attacks

Angela Merkel has delivered a staunch defence of her open-door policy towards refugees, insisting she feels no guilt over a series of violent attacks in Germany and was right to allow hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees to arrive last summer. “A rejection of the humanitarian stance we took could have led to even […]

The Rise Of Kremlin-Style Trolling In Ukraine Must End

The Rise Of Kremlin-Style Trolling In Ukraine Must End

Ukraine’s media community has been left shellshocked after the killing of prominent journalist Pavel Sheremet in a car bomb attack last week. Although no motive has been confirmed, his friends and colleagues say his death is linked to his reporting, offering further evidence of the increasingly dangerous conditions in which many of the country’s reporters […]

Catalonia Tells Spain It Will Push For Secession With Or Without Assent

Catalonia Tells Spain It Will Push For Secession With Or Without Assent

The Catalan government has intensified its war of words with Spain by vowing to use its democratic mandate to forge a separate Catalan state with or without the approval of Madrid. Catalonia is preparing to defy Spain’s constitutional court this week by debating the conclusions of a working group on sovereignty, nine months after the […]

UK Joins Greece At Bottom Of Wage Growth League

UK Joins Greece At Bottom Of Wage Growth League

Britain has suffered a bigger fall in real wages since the financial crisis than any other advanced country apart from Greece, research shows. A report by the TUC, published on Wednesday, shows that real earnings have declined more than 10% since the credit crunch began in 2007, leaving the UK equal bottom in a league […]

Munich Gunman Ali Sonboly ‘Planned Attack For More Than A Year’

Munich Gunman Ali Sonboly ‘Planned Attack For More Than A Year’

The 18-year-old gunman who killed nine people in a mass shooting in Munich on Friday spent more than a year planning the attack and was able to buy a handgun on the dark web, investigators have said. Bavarian investigator Robert Heimberger said Ali Sonboly had visited the scene of a previous school shooting in the […]

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