Sicilian Mafia and Nigerian gangs, 2017- 2018
About 16,000 Nigerian women arrived in Italy from Libya between 2016-2017. According to the UN’s International Office for Migration (IOM) more than 80% of them were victims of trafficking, destined for a life of forced prostitution on street corners and in brothels across Italy and Europe. Only in Palermo there is dozens of "connection houses" organized by Nigerian human traffickers and gang members, who controlled prostitution and hard drug market with permission from Sicilian mafia.
Connection house is not only brothel, it's also a meeting and entertainment house, a bar and kitchen for Nigerian and other western Africans, who visit it every evening.