Investigations are going on by the Italian authorities over the deaths of 26 Nigerian young ladies whose bodies were found in the Mediterranean Sea, BBC reports. Prosecutors trust they may have been sexually manhandled and killed as they endeavored to go from Niger and Nigeria to Italy, as indicated by the BBC.
Additionally detailed that Italian authorities about the deaths are at present questioning five migrants. The casualties ranged in age from 14 to 18. Post-mortem examinations will be conducted tomorrow, Salerno's head of police told CNN.
The Prosecutors are researching the likelihood that the young people were casualties of sex trafficking. As per a current article distributed by Italian daily paper Corriere Della Sera, it has turned out to be progressively basic for Nigerian young ladies and women to be conveyed to Italy by sex traffickers.
The rate of human trafficking keeps on ascending in Europe at a stunning rate, and a significant number of these casualties are originating from Nigeria. Without a doubt, in 2016 alone, more than 11,000 Nigerian women and young ladies either crossing the African mainland or going by watercraft, touched base into Italy, where traffickers are holding up to capture and ensnare them, Dr. John DeGarmo, human trafficking and driving child care master and Director of the Foster Care Institute said in an email explanation to Refinery29.
"A considerable lot of these casualties are escaping an existence of savagery and outrageous neediness for the guarantee of a superior way of life, of a fantasy of discovering achievement. European countries, for example, Romania, Italy, and Greece have seen the biggest increment in human trafficking. The majority of these casualties are between the ages of 14 and 18," DeGarmo proceeded.
Twenty-three of the casualties were allegedly on a pontoon with 64 migrants who survived, Buzz Nigeria reports. As indicated by CNN, 400 migrants were rescued from the Mediterranean Sea throughout the end and conveyed to Salerno.
Specialists are exploring why every one of the casualties were ladies. Despite the fact that the likelihood of sex trafficking is being explored, Police Prefect Malfi noticed that sex traffickers don't ordinarily put every one of their casualties on a similar pontoon. The Agence France Press reports that Malfi expressed: "Stacking ladies onto a watercraft is excessively dangerous, the traffickers would not do it as they could lose every one of their 'products' — as they portray them — all at once."
"They were on a dinghy that was likewise conveying men," Malfi included. Migrant master Sine Plambech of Columbia University told the Agence France Press that it is more typical for ladies to bite the dust when crossing the Mediterranean.
Coroners directing the post-mortem examinations will search for proof of physical and sexual manhandle. As indicated by the BBC, migrants pay "human sneaking groups" the likeness $6,000 to get to Italy. Reports of savagery and rape on account of the pack individuals are normal.
Despite the fact that whether or not the deceased young ladies were casualties of sex trafficking, it is frightening to realize what such a large number of individuals persevere keeping in mind the end goal to look for a superior life. Besides, even the young ladies who are not constrained into prostitution upon landing are at a high danger of sexual brutality amid the excursion.
The International Organization for Migration's latest count reports that 2,839 migrants have lost their lives this year on the extremely same course as the 26 teenagers.