Despite having the lowest regional prevalence of modern slavery in the world, Europe remains a destination, and to a lesser extent, a source region for the exploitation of men, women and children in forced labour and commercial sexual exploitation. Trafficking for sexual exploitation is the most widespread for of modern slavery with an 84% of victims trafficked for this purpose. The majority of those trafficked for this purpose are women and young girls who often originate from Eastern Europe within the EU as well as Sub-Saharan Africa, with the majority of people being trafficked from Nigeria to various parts of Europe including Italy, France, Spain and the UK through an array of complex trafficking networks.
Aduke, a Nigerian teenager, was sold as an adult and forced in to prostitution on the streets in both the south of France and the UK.
Aduke: He had sex with me, take down my pants off. He sleep with me, have sex with me. Then I sit there and cry cry.
Whilst I was sitting there I saw a man came and I was crying. He asked me why I was crying and I said nothing. He had sex with me, and then he left. After the day when we go to France, I get pain on my stomach, on my belly. I get pain, on my nyash (bottom) I can’t sit properly. If I want to sit I will be raising my nyash (bottom).
Interviewer: Why was that? Is there somewhere else that they tried to touch you? Apart from at the front of your body. Because you spoke about not being able to sit down, is that part of their, putting their…?
Aduke: [nods crying]
Interviewer: I know it’s very difficult. Can you just tell me which part of your body that is?
As told to Santa Marta Group