Migration of Nigerian Women into the Italian Sex Industry through Trafficking


  • Temitope Ola Olabisi Onabanjo University, Nigeria


Nigerian women; Migration; Transnational sex, Voodoo; Human trafficking


The average Nigerian seeks temporary or permanent stay abroad. Some Nigerian women migrate to Europe in search of work and a better life. Coming to Europe, this sets of Nigerian women expect overseas work to transform their lives, make society work for them, and restore some sense of civility in their lives. Instead, getting to Italy to engage in sex work, their lives grew harder, their livelihood just as shattered, distant and terribly irrelevant as ever. This is thus a study in transnational participation – the simultaneous movements of people, information, monies across boundaries of Nigeria and Italy. It deals with the coordinated movements of a segment of Nigerian women and girls; of information, including the export of creeds, philosophies, and dogmas; of physical objects, including personal properties; monies through the face-to-face interactions between citizens of Nigeria and Italy. With a view to unpacks the effects of gender entrapment on the economic opportunities of Nigerian women the study investigates the impacts of gender-based discrimination on the mobility and trafficking of Nigerian women to Italy.


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How to Cite

Ola, T. (2023). Migration of Nigerian Women into the Italian Sex Industry through Trafficking. Acta Universitatis Danubius. Relationes Internationales, 16(1), 40–56. Retrieved from https://dj.univ-danubius.ro/index.php/AUDRI/article/view/2290