“Violent gangs smuggle thousands into Italy: U.N. Expert,” by Naomi O’Leary for Reuters:
Violent gangs are smuggling thousands of men, women and children into Italy, bypassing often inadequate border checks and other efforts to control the growing problem, the United Nations’ trafficking expert said on Friday.
The number of people brought across Italy’s long coasts and borders – many of them bound for work in the sex trade, sweatshops or farms – was much larger than the official records showed, U.N. Special Rapporteur on trafficking Joy Ngozi Ezeilo said.
She called on the government to revamp systems to identify trafficked people when they come in, try to persuade more men to stop using prostitutes and make sure the country’s financial problems did not starve programs of funding.
Italy’s interior ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment…