According to information released by the European Union in 2013, there were 2,400 victims of human trafficking identified in Italy in 2010. The number of victims found in the country represented 25 percent of all trafficking victims found in the EU.
According to security officials with the United Nations, many of the victims are from Nigeria and Eastern Europe. One case involving a woman from Nigeria had her family agreeing to pay $81,100 to smugglers to bring the woman into Europe. The woman then worked as a prostitute in order to pay off the smugglers.
Source: Naomi O’Leary, “Violent gangs smuggle thousands into Italy: U.N. expert,” Reuters, September 20, 2013.