The Nigerian Connection

The Nigerian ConnectionEvery year tens of thousands of West Africans migrate to Europe in search of a better life. But for some of them that search will end in tragedy, as they fall victim to competing mafia gangs that prey on the hopes of the desperate. In southern Italy, it is Nigerian women who are among the most exploited, with many ending up trapped in the nightmare world of the sex trade.

In the first of two special reports, Juliana Ruhfus investigates the plight of African women caught up in a web of organised crime, prostitution and people trafficking. In the following account Chiara Caprio, an Italian journalist who was involved in the making of the film, describes what they found out in southern Italy.

In the second part Juliana follows the trail from Italy back to Benin City in Nigeria, from where women, desperately seeking an escape from grinding poverty, are trafficked to Europe.

To pay for their travel, many of them incur massive debts to organised crime gangs in the false belief that a lucrative regular job awaits them at the other end. Often they are forced to undergo a Juju oath-swearing ritual that commits them to repaying the money on pain of death or insanity.

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17 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Teddy Mcd

    If I watch this, it will sadden me... but, we do need a quantum of sadness to help us understand our world... hence - I'll watch it.

  2. oQ

    I am very aware of the fear of juju as i have spent much time in West Africa. I have heard many stories where people swore to the reality of this.
    A carving artist i knew, would have never eaten chicken wings as it would have taken his artistic ability away, as he believed.
    This is a juju that was ordered to him upon his passing of manhood, 15 yrs later he still feared it.
    Many swore they saw juju punishments in action.

    Sonia is taking a big risk by talking in front of the camera. I hope the reporters are using a different person to tell the story of the real Sonia.
    1i

  3. Teddy Mcd

    four on that - whomever you are and where ever you are. (Vanc BC dot CA)

  4. Henry Krachouse

    ohhhh

  5. Callum Donovan

    Take it from me, jujus real,. I got no reason to bullshit. In JA we call it obeah, seen it with my own eyes

  6. silkop

    "Harmless" religion at its best. Loved the juju scam artist at the end who upgraded himself to a Christian preacher. As long as it pays...

  7. Marcelo

    as always - power is based.... on the stupidity and ignorance of people. jajaja

  8. ShadowMan

    ....Yeah, and see how this English journalist women and her car driver block that little girl from passing their car by opening their car door as the police try to arrest her, she gets caught thanks to them! SOB's!! Now the girl has to go back to Africa, probably her parents paid all their money they ever had to get her to Italy. Nasty people!

  9. MrTemp0

    This is a well known exploit of humans,so why do they keep falling for it ?
    Do not go as it is widely known world wide that the job offers are a scam.

  10. wolejr03

    yeah because she was much better off being a prostitute? smh.

  11. wolejr03

    yeah because shes much better off being a prostitute for the next ten years of her life. smh

  12. wolejr03

    put urself in their position. they are in extreme poverty. The people that are doing a scamming know what they are doing. They know that they are desperate, uneducated, and have nothing to lose.

  13. zsuzsanna.szigeti

    I would exterminate all men from the world. A violent and a completely useless sex. What on Earth do you need men for?

  14. dewflirt

    Ummmmm, babies? :)

  15. Domus Canus.

    And I see it's nigerian madams who exploit their countrywomen in this sordid rubbish. What a surprise.

  16. appollo

    just a complete disregard for human life... poverty and exploitation for money knows no bounds

  17. Precious Precious

    There's women that are head of the organised sex crime too.

    And definitely men are needed on this planet.

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