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Government Cuts Will Enfeeble Italy’s Fight Against Sex Trafficking, Says UN

Government Cuts Will Enfeeble Italy’s Fight Against Sex Trafficking, Says UN

The Italian government’s decision to make a series of cuts to anti-trafficking programmes in Sicily and across the country will seriously undermine efforts to create a national response to the country’s growing trafficking crisis, NGOs and UN agencies are warning. The UN’s International Office for Migration warned this week that the trafficking of Nigerian women […]

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 […]

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 […]

No EU Exit For Us, Say Italy’s On-The-Rise Eurosceptics

No EU Exit For Us, Say Italy’s On-The-Rise Eurosceptics

Italians have looked aghast at the outcome of the Brexit vote, shocked by the rapid fall of political leaders in a nation previously admired for stability and common sense. Dire economic performance in the bel paese (beautiful country) has seen hundreds of thousands of Italians move to the UK, which was until recently held up […]

Nigerian Migrant Beaten To Death In Racist Attack In Italy

Nigerian Migrant Beaten To Death In Racist Attack In Italy

A Nigerian migrant was beaten to death in a racist attack by a right-wing football fan in a central Italian town, officials said Wednesday. Emmanuel Chidi, 36, was walking with his girlfriend in the heart of the small town of Paolo Calcinora on Tuesday, when they had racial abuse heaped on them by the supporter […]

More Than 700 Migrants Feared Dead In Tthree Mediterranean Sinkings

More Than 700 Migrants Feared Dead In Tthree Mediterranean Sinkings

More than 700 people are believed to have drowned in the Mediterranean last week, the deadliest seven days for Europe-bound asylum seekers in more than a year. The casualties happened in three separate incidents on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday after more than 13,000 people set sail from Libya for Italy in an eight-day period. The […]

Migrant Crisis: Libya Intercepts Boats Carrying 850 People

Migrant Crisis: Libya Intercepts Boats Carrying 850 People

Libyan coastguards say they intercepted boats carrying 850 migrants trying to reach Europe on Sunday. A spokesman said the migrants from various African countries – including 79 women, 11 of them pregnant – were found in seven inflatable boats near Sabratha, west of the capital Tripoli. More than 30,000 migrants have already crossed from Libya […]

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