A record number of Nigerian women who are about to head to Europe as refugees, face prostitution and a bizarre ritual.
Record numbers of Nigerian women are arriving in the rusty, sinking ships hauling refugees to Europe, and many of them have nothing in their future but a life of prostitution.
LAGOS, Nigeria —Benin City is about 300 kilometers from Lagos, Nigeria. Before girls leave on the long journey to be prostitutes in European countries, they participate in a strange ritual which consists of chickens, menstrual blood, and juju oaths. The girls agree to pay back money they owe to traffickers with the understanding that to do otherwise will lead to death or pain. This ritual has become common in Benin City.