They hope for a better life - and they end up as sex slaves. Tens of thousands of young African migrants work as street prostitutes in Europe. Once they are in the clutches of the traffickers they find it hard to escape.
Nigerian women make up the majority of African human trafficking victims in Europe, with most forced into prostitution. Numerous secret societies run the smuggling — and authorities say they're increasingly violent.
Income inequality was reversed among a group of Africans migrating to Europe, according to a new UN study. Although much higher earnings are a factor, intolerance at home often cements the decision.
Benin City in Nigeria's south is a hub for illegal migration in West Africa. That's why Deutsche Welle, within the framework of its 77 Percent youth project, held a town hall debate. DW's Maja Braun sums up the event.
In emotive meditations, the pope spoke of "all the crosses" borne by the suffering in the world, including migrants and abused children. But he didn't directly touch on the Catholic Church's own sex abuse scandals.
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