Rise in Nigerian sex slavery in Italy fuelled by violence and 'juju' magic
CATANIA, Italy (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Nigerian teenager Beauty arrived in Sicily after crossing the Mediterranean from North Africa last year, she had only hours to phone the man who trafficked her - or risk lethal repercussions for loved ones back home.
Before her journey through Niger to Libya, a spiritual priest practicing a form of black magic known in Nigeria as "juju" had forced her to swear an oath of obedience to her trafficker.
The threat of a "curse" if she broke her oath and the possibility of violence by her traffickers at home in Benin City, a... read more
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