Prostitution: Over 12,000 Nigerian girls arrive Italy; 16 arrested but ‘Mummy’ still on the run

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Around 12,000 Nigerian girls or women arrived in Italy by sea in 2015 and 2016, data from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) shows – a six-fold increase on the previous two years.

"If one of the (trafficked sex worker) girls went astray, the agents in Italy always informed 'Mummy' – otherwise known as the Queen Bee of Nigerian trafficking – so she could keep them in line," Trovato told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

But now the Nigerian gangs, who have been active in Italy for more than a decade, are taking on increasingly violent tactics, including knife crime and even forging close relations with notorious mafia groups, the Cosa Nostra and the Camorra, law enforcement agencies in Italy say.

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