The New Yorker
A Trafficking Route to Hell
This is the story you haven’t read, a masterful 12,000-word account for The New Yorker by grantee Ben Taub on the grim factors driving the trafficking of thousands of young girls from one region in Nigeria across the deserts of Niger and Libya to cramped resettlement centers in Sicily. It is a tale of poverty, promises betrayed, organized crime, and—in the “civilized” cities of western Europe—a market for young African prostitutes. Ben tells the story by meticulously retracing the journey of a young girl named Blessing, caught in the trafficking web.