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Beaten & Raped… 17-year old Girl tells how She was Trafficked from Edo to Italy

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In the news recently has been stories of enslaved migrants stuck in Libya, and the 26 girls who drowned in the Mediterranean sea, trying to cross from Africa over to Europe.

But what about the girls who actually make it to Europe?

In a report by Milena Veselinovic and Isa Soares for CNN, we meet Anna (not real name), a 17-year-old girl from Edo State who was trafficked at the age of 15.

Anna, an orphan, was raised by a foster family, she said, and worked as a maid but dreamed of one day becoming a doctor.

Her boss’s daughter who was living in Europe would regale her with stories of abroad. Anna said:

She told me, when you come to Europe you’ll have opportunity, you will go to school, everything is going to be OK for you.

She said you can do whatever you want, the world there is very free. I was like, wow, that would be great. And she said, OK, maybe my sister can bring you. I was so happy, I wanted to go to Europe.

Things, however, didn’t go as smoothly as Anna imagined they would.

Arriving in Libya through Niger, she was held in a detention camp for 5 months, she said, where she was reportedly beaten and raped.

After her trafficker paid her ransom, Anna discovered she was pregnant. She however lost the baby after her smuggler gave her a liquid to drink. She said:

I don’t even know how it happened. All I know is I was given a bottle of water and then I started bleeding. I was in a lot of pain. It was so painful.

When she finally arrived in Italy, she discovered she now owed her traffickers €35,000, and was made to become a sex worker, bringing in €200 daily. She said:

They dressed me up, they make my hair, they make me up. I didn’t even know what they were doing. They gave me a bag with condoms.

If a man sleeps with you the most he can pay is €30. Calculate how many men you have to sleep with to get that. You pay, pay, pay, and it never gets finished.

Eventually, and luckily, Anna escaped, and is now being looked after by Progetto Integrazione Accoglienza Migranti (PIAM) – a migrant rights charity run by a Nigerian trafficking survivor, Princess Inyang Okokon.

Anna now knows better, and has words for people who wish to take the same leap as she did. She said:

I would not advise anybody to take the same journey I took. Because I might have survived it, you may not survive it.

Read the full story on CNN.

5 Comments

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  2. michael

    December 22, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    this is so touching, tnk God for her life. People re wicked

  3. Oyin

    December 22, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    This is shameful and disgraceful to our country and citizens. I pray she overcomes the trauma and rebuilds her life.

  4. maryann sparkle

    December 23, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Sad but thank God she survived.

  5. tobi

    December 23, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    I feel there is an element of ignorance, naivity , fueled with greed (get rich quick mentality) from people caught up in this mess – as well as negligience by the federal government to protect its citizens. There should be nationwide agressive public awareness campaigns on radio /tv / billboards in local languages on the futility of engaging with traffickers and exposing the tactics of traffickers i.e the language of grooming tempting young girls with promises of a good life. Helplines so that people can report suspicious movements. Also consequences of breaking the law ( at home and abroad) by engaging in illegal immigration – stiff penalties for people who finance traffiking i suggest the death penalty. Nigerian government please protect your citizens it is your duty not THE UNs.

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