Everyone loves Marilyn
Columbia and the UN have created a soap opera on the dangers of human sex trafficking. The soap, Everyone loves Marilyn, is set around the lives of a group of prostitutes working out of a Bogota bar and will show "how trafficking rings work, exploiting the hopes of poor women and men with attractive offers of work outside Colombia. Once there, they are trapped into degrading work." Apparently the show has one of the largest audiences in the country – I would love to hear from anyone who has seen the show as this seems an excellent way to inform and educate people. Columbia is the third largest provider of victims to the sex trafficking trade.
If you haven’t seen it yet check out Joshua Marstons brilliant film Maria Full of Grace about a young woman from a poor Colombian family who becomes a drug mule carrying cocaine to New York – A powerful story of survival and courage.
Meanwhile in Nigerian women are the main supply of street workers for Italian men. It is estimated that between 10,000 and 20,000 Nigerian prostitutes are working in Italy today. Most of them from Edu state in Mid-West Nigeria. The women live in fear for their lives from punters and the criminal gangs in Italy and Nigeria that traffic and control them.
Tomissi would like to add her own words of warning: "My
advice to any girls who are thinking about coming to Europe is: Don’t
"The madams say there’s work here but they’re lying
because the only work here is prostitution. They’re deceiving us
Africans, and it’s not fair."