In the late 90s, it began with illegal immigration from Nigeria to the Italian tomato fields controlled by the mafia in Italy. She then massively flooded Europe. Today, about 80% of Nigerian women being trafficked to Europe are from Edo State, including Benin-City, which is the hub of sex trafficking. In this region, almost all families are directly or indirectly involved in prostitution.
The Nigerian gangs have a wealth of often-desperate migrants as potential recruits, either as members or for trafficking into sex work. More than 60,000 migrants arrived in Italy by sea between January 1 and May 31 and Nigerians were the top nationality among them, with more than 9,000—about two-thirds adult men and one-third adult women, with a small percentage of unaccompanied children—landing on Italian shores, according to the International Organization for Migration.
For these young Nigerians, hell will continue in Europe: on the sidewalks of Paris, Marseille, Oslo, or at the edge of the Italian roads.