Nigerian Victims Of Sex Slavery In Western Europe

NIGERIAN VICTIMS OF SEX SLAVERY IN WESTERN EUROPE

ANTHONY OKOSUN

That Nigeria is a failed state is no longer in doubt. However, a major fallout of the failure of the Nigerian state, that has been very largely ignored, is the organized and forced mass exodus of Nigerian girls and women to Western Europe, to labor without dignity in the Western European sex slave industry.

Many Nigerian mothers, wives, sisters and daughters have been lured, cajoled, forced and or deceptively recruited into the European sex slave industry, through promises of a prosperous, glamorous and dignified sojourn in Western Europe. These innocent, ignorant and naive Nigerian women and girls have almost always been subjected to the worst kind of humiliation, degradation and exploitation, on their arrival in Europe. This class of Nigerian girls and women, have unfortunately been looked down upon as greedy and wayward women of easy virtue, lacking in self discipline thereof, and deserving of no sympathy, understanding nor serious governmental rehabilitation.

A serious attempt to understand the dynamics predicating the introduction of these Nigerian women into the sex-tertainment and or sex-ploitation industry, in Europe, will reveal that these women really deserve major attention from the society in general and the Nigerian federal government in particular.

Pimps and their partners in crime, known as madams, usually lure innocent and unsuspecting Nigerian females to Europe, with promises of better, prosperous and glamorous existence in Europe. Usually, these ladies are not given any in-depth disclosure of the true nature of the sex slavery, that await them, on their arrival in Europe. Even where these ladies are aware that they would be working as sex workers, they usually have no idea of the degree of degradation, brutal sadism and ruthless sexual exploitation that await them on their arrival in Western Europe.

Stories have been told of some Nigerian sex workers in Italy, forcibly made to sleep with dogs. We have read stories of Nigerian sex workers hanging out in God forsaken neighborhoods in European countries, especially in Italy, at unholy hours of the night, and in the middle of nowhere. Many of these Nigerian women have been reported to have suffered serious bodily harm and in some cases, fatalities. The horrible lives of these women are usually glossed over with the flimsy coating of glamour and mirage wealth, usually exhibited by the few Nigerian ladies that return from Italy, after years of serious sexual servitude and untold sexual exploitation.

Many Nigerian girls are forced into the degrading and bestial sojourn by their greedy and ruthlessly unconcerned and unfeeling family members. The extreme poverty and ignorance that pervades the Nigerian country sides, have led many otherwise conscientious family elders to pressurize and unduly influence their young daughters to submit their bodies to the sex slave industry pimps and madams.

The victims of these sexual exploitation, usually do not live long enough to enjoy the money, if any, that they realize from selling their bodies to total strangers in far away lands. These girls and women, usually acquire serious sexually transmitted diseases, from their ignoble body humiliation that effectively ensure that they are not able to enjoy their God appointed life span on earth.

When the victims are transported to Europe, they are sold by the Nigerian pimps also known as trolleys, to the Europe based madams, usually Nigerians too. The madams ensure that the new arrivals are worn out by extreme sexual activities, to enable the madams recover and make a profits on the money spent on acquiring the sex slaves. By the time these girls finally finish paying off the madams, they would have become tragically and psychologically damaged. Their youth and innocence would have been lost forever. Indeed they usually have nobody to narrate their ordeals to. Their families are only interested in the monies and other goodies flowing in from Europe via their sex slave daughters.

Only very few of these girls have been reported to have successfully escaped the bondage of the sex slavers. The travel documents of the sex slaves are usually confiscated by the pimps or trolleys and handed over to the madams after the sex slaves are bought and paid for by the madams. This practice ensure that the sex slaves cannot readily walk away or escape. Many sex slaves who initially resisted the command of the madams to trade their bodies, are reportedly forced into prolong periods of humiliation, physical battering, emotional trauma, mental pain et al, until they become "good girls".

The question crying out very loudly for an answer, is how did our society descend so low, that Nigerian mothers, sisters, wives and daughters have been reduced to commercial sex objects, totally lacking in dignity thereof, in foreign lands ? Another question that begs for an answer is: What is the Nigeria government doing to stop this on-going, tragic and debasing sexual exploitation and degradation of Nigerian women ? What is the European Union and individual Western European nations doing to stop this unholy degradation of Nigerian women ?

It is generally well known, that Western Europe is the major destination of Nigerian sex slaves. Western Europe is the headquarters of the global sexual exploitation and sex slavery industries. The major suppliers of sex slaves are the poorest countries in the world. Eastern European countries and Nigeria are the major suppliers of sex slaves to Western Europe. Thus, poverty is a major factor, that helps the growth and sustenance of this evil sex slavery business.

The Nigerian government must endeavor to improve the life of Nigerians, by aggressively pursuing people oriented programs and policies; if the easy luring of Nigerian women and girls to European sex slavery markets is to be curtailed. Governments in Nigeria at every level, must pay attention to the development of infrastructure in their areas of influence to encourage entrepreneurs and investors to establish and develop businesses that would offer jobs to Nigerian youths. As they say, an idle mind is the devil's workshop. People want material security, financial insurance et al. Thus, when the government is unable to provide same, the citizens becomes easy targets for all sorts of evil minded crooks, seeking preys to exploit.

Governments at every level in Nigeria, must also directly introduce programs that would encourage the creativity of Nigerians. Soft and small loans usually go a long way to encourage people to pursue trades and crafts, in areas wherein they are either gifted or proficient. Where public employment opportunities are not available, self employment must be encouraged. The Nigerian federal government must also work in co-operation with Western European governments to discourage and wipe out this national embarrassment. Then again, the Nigerian government must first provide alternative avenues to Nigerian pimps, madams and sex slaves, to enable them enjoy decent and dignified livelihood, before embarking on the fight to stop the ugly and regrettable reality of the sexual enslavement of Nigerian girls and women in Western Europe. For as they say "Action speaks louder than words."

ANTHONY OKOSUN (TonyOsun@yahoo.co.uk)