Life as a Nigerian prostitute in Italy

24 Mar

see the work of photographer Paolo Patrizi about migration linked to prostitution. The photos were released to discourage other young Nigerian women from going to Italy to seek better life. There’s no way your situation in Nigeria can be this bad. The pictures below and the documentary will give you a picture of what kind of life these girls have.


You remember this quote from my previous post  “It’s sad that in 2013, two young black girls on a holiday, having fun, spending money, are considered being high class hookers, just because of their color.”

As I mentioned in the post, we didn’t see a lot of African people in Milan, so I was wondering, since me and my friend were portrayed as  hooker, where are the Nigerian hookers located in Italy.

In southern Italy, it is Nigerian women who are among the most exploited, thousands of Nigerian girls and women who have been trafficked to Europe to toil as sex workers, with many ending up trapped in the nightmare world of the sex trade. These women are exploited and abused by criminal gangs in both their native Nigeria and in Europe. According to Nigeria’s National Agency for Prohibition of Traffic in Persons (NAPTIP), 60 percent of prostitutes in Italy are of Nigerian descent, there are now at least 10,000 Nigerian prostitutes – perhaps as many as 20,000 – in Italy alone.

For nearly twenty years the women of Benin City, a town in the state of Edo, have been going to Italy to work in the sex trade and every year successful ones have been recruiting younger girls to follow them, a route that might be traced to the 1980s, when thousands of Edo natives went to southern Italy to pick tomatoes.

 I saw these pictures yesterday and I was terribly disturbed. Seeing the conditions in which these women in the pictures worked was like a punch in my stomach. That is Italy the Italy you don’t see on TV…It’s like seeing those bad videos about Africa you see and thinking Africa is like that, You know.

A part of me insisted these had to be editorial images, photographed with models, meant to shock. But even if so, I also knew it could be feasible. Some Nigerian women could actually be living and working in environments like these, for money, for whatever. How do these girls survive during winter? Lots of questions are running through my mind as I write! How can this go on while the elites continue to steal and loot the commonwealth? Are Nigerian elites really human? Do they have blood flowing through their veins? This is just heart-rending! I wanted to blame the Nigerian government, I wanted to blame the Italian government, I wanted to blame the women themselves, after all, wouldn’t it be better to live in a mud house in Nigeria than be a sex worker in a condom-strewn bush clearing?

But In some parts of Africa – Nigeria, going abroad is a MUST and the parents and relatives will do anything to support the girls to go abroad, and maybe some of them know what the girls are going there for prostitution, but they only care about the Euros that will be sent home, but some of the girls and their family are tricked. These people are  lured by false promises of high-paying, but the girls soon find themselves trapped in a web of organized crime, violence and prostitution. These people do not know the first thing about living abroad, they are brain washed to think living abroad brings money, most times they are taken from their villages, so you can just imagine the level of awareness. You leave Nigeria where they is a support system (where family,friends, neighbors etc rally around to help one another) to a country where the word “be your brother’s keeper” does not exist! (watch the documentary below). These girls’ bodies are being sold but some people out there are selling their souls.


2 Responses to “Life as a Nigerian prostitute in Italy”

  1. Lisa April 8, 2013 at 13:15 #

    I feel sorry for the girls!

  2. Sus April 15, 2013 at 14:38 #

    This is very sad :/

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