Many young women tell the same story. The phenomenon of human trafficking has been well documented in recent years, but that doesn't mean it has been stopped. Most recently, on January 25, Italy's Gazzetta del Sud newspaper reported that five people had been arrested, accused of human trafficking, prostituting minors and slavery charges. Each group along the route takes its cut. Not all of them are directly linked, but they are all getting rich from selling humans into the sex trade. Massimo Lugli, a crime reporter with the Italian daily La Repubblica , estimated in April that there were nine million men paying for prostitutes in Italy alone and that business was worth 90 million euros per month.
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In our series of letters from African journalists, Ismail Einashe discovers how Nigerian women are standing up to traffickers in Italy. In the mountains of Sicily a Nigerian woman is leading a battle to help rescue women like herself from a life of forced sex work. Osas Egbon opened up a shelter for these victims of trafficking on the Italian island in January - the first of its kind created by and for Nigerian women. She currently has four women in their 20s, one with a baby - and hopes by the end of the year two more will join them.
Coronavirus Italy: Man walks 450km after lockdown row with wife
Revealed: Gangs abandoned trafficked Nigerian women without access to food or funds amid coronavirus pandemic. Thousands of Nigerian women forced into prostitution were left to starve by sex traffickers during the Covid pandemic in Italy, the Guardian can reveal. According to testimonies from volunteers, social workers and NGOs, during the prolonged and strict three-month Covid lockdown introduced by the Italian government, trafficking gangs abandoned women and their children, who were unable to leave their homes or work and were left without food or money to pay the rent.
An Italian man stepped outside to cool off after quarrelling with his wife - and ended up walking km miles. Italians have nicknamed him "Forrest Gump" on social media, after the slow-witted hero of a movie, played by Tom Hanks, who runs thousands of miles across the United States. Police stopped the Italian's epic walk at 2am in Fano on the Adriatic coast, a week after he left Como in the north. The story was first reported by the Bologna-based newspaper Il Resto del Carlino but quickly went viral in Italian media.