The legal status of prostitution in Africa varies widely. It is frequently common in practice, partially driven by the widespread poverty in many sub-Saharan African countries,  and is one of the drivers for the prevalence of AIDS in Africa. In other countries, prostitution may be legal, but brothels are not allowed to operate. In some countries where prostitution is illegal, the law is rarely enforced. Transactional sexual relationships are particularly common in sub-Saharan Africa, where they often involve relationships between older men and younger women or girls.
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Many young women tell the same story. The phenomenon of human trafficking has been well documented in recent years, but that doesn't mean it has been stopped. Most recently, on January 25, Italy's Gazzetta del Sud newspaper reported that five people had been arrested, accused of human trafficking, prostituting minors and slavery charges. Each group along the route takes its cut. Not all of them are directly linked, but they are all getting rich from selling humans into the sex trade.
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Female migrants quit factory labour for sex work to survive and provide a better life for relatives back home. Clinging to her bag, she looks like any other bundled-up passer-by in the evening cold. But the year-old Chinese woman from the Zhejiang province, on the country's eastern coast, has been working as a prostitute for the past three years. She arrived in Italy in and, like many of her compatriots, initially found work in small clothes and footwear businesses. With an estimated , Chinese nationals, Italy hosts the largest diaspora community in the European Union.
More than 1, Nigerian women came to Italy by boat in compared to the previous year, according to a new report by the International Organisation for Migration IOM. The United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime named Nigeria as one of the worst eight countries in the world for human trafficking. Evidence gathered in Nigeria by Sister Eugenia Bonetti , who has been internationally recognised as a driving force in the fight against human trafficking, suggests one-in-three women in Benin City, Nigeria, have been approached by local traffickers who promise them non-existent jobs if they go to Europe. Many of the women who agree are then raped, beaten, and psychologically abused by members of the Nigerian mafia that control the trade. A study conducted by the Italian NGO Be Free, which supports victims of trafficking and gender-based violence, found that in there were 30, Nigerian women who had been forced into prostitution.