In Palermo, Eric Reguly meets the women ensnared by trafficking, and the priest and nun trying to help them escape it This 30-year-old woman from Benin City, Nigeria, was forced into the sex trade in Italy.
Hers is an increasingly common fate for African women in Palermo, where sexual slavery is enforced with threats of violence and deportation by gang leaders.
For example, African American adolescents represent approximately 17% of all teenagers but accounted for 72% of HIV/AIDS cases in this age group in 2007 (CDC 2009). The vast majority of studies examining online behaviors and sexual risk behaviors have been with adult MSM in part because of their initial greater access and adoption of online social networks and chat rooms.
As with HIV, there are disparities in rates of other STIs for minority youth. However, access to digital technologies has greatly grown.
The trunk is filled with stacks of half-litre water bottles, little cakes wrapped in cellophane and soda crackers – small comforts for the women whom Sister Valeria works tirelessly to help.