Modern slavery

The trauma of migrating to Europe for African women

A migrant woman and a young child board a ship bound for Sicily on April 23, 2015 in Lampedusa, Italy. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

The number of pregnant African women traveling to Europe is incredibly high, partially due to the fact that many say they want to give birth in Europe. However, they are part of a more sinister system of exchanging sex for entry into Europe. Often times, their struggles don’t end there. Despite being in a country that they believe will protect their rights, African women are often forced to continue working for sex traffickers. They are slapped with an incredibly high debt, which they are forced to “work off,” and are not giving sick time or days off. Such is the story of Nancy, who had been a prostitute in Lagos and Spain for seven years, before reporting her situation to the police. Nancy now works with APRAMP, a charity that assists victims of human trafficking. Although her story is difficult to tell, she admits that doing so allows her “to move forward.” Through telling stories like Nancy’s, perhaps the global community can ensure that they are not repeated again.

Read the full story at NPR.

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