Naples, Italy

Italy is one of the top destination countries for women trafficked into prostitution in Europe.  From morning to night girls, some barely in their teens, line the roads selling themselves for as little as 10 euro. They often work to pay off their debts that can range from 25-60,000 Euro.


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Where is their Voice?

There are more Slaves today than ever before in History!  How can We turn away?  What are the facts?

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2nd Largest Criminal Industry in the World

Sex trafficking

is the third biggest criminal industry in the world. At its current rate, it is predicted to surpass criminal drug activity in 5 years.
 

Italy and Spain are the top 2 destination countries in Europe.

 We see women from more than 9 source countries.  The highest concentration we see on a regular basis are:

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32%

Nigeria is a source, transit, and destination country for women and children subjected to trafficking in persons, specifically conditions of forced labor and forced prostitution. Trafficked Nigerian women and children are recruited from rural areas within the country’s borders − women and girls for involuntary domestic servitude and forced commercial sexual exploitation, and boys for forced labor in street vending, domestic servitude, mining, and begging.  Nigerian women and girls are taken to Europe, especially to Italy and Russia, and to the Middle East and North Africa, for forced prostitution. Traffickers sometimes move their victims to Europe by caravan, forcing them to cross the desert on foot, and subjecting them to forced prostitution to repay heavy debts for travel expenses. During the reporting period, Nigerian girls were repatriated from Libya and Morocco, where they were reportedly held captive in the commercial sex trade.[1] 

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22%

Romania is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to trafficking in persons, specifically conditions of forced labor and women and children in forced prostitution.  Women and children from Romania are victims of forced prostitution in Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Ireland [1] Greece, Germany, Cyprus, Austria, and France. Romanian men, women, and children are trafficked within the country for commercial sexual exploitation and forced labor, including forced begging and petty theft. In 2009, the majority of trafficking victims identified within the country were victims of forced labor. Romania is a destination country for a small number of women from Moldova, Colombia, and France who are forced into prostitution.  

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22%

Albania is a source country for men, women, and children subjected to trafficking in persons, specifically forced prostitution and forced labor, including the forced begging of children. Albanian victims are subjected to conditions of forced labor and sex trafficking within Albania and Greece, Italy, Macedonia, Kosovo, and Western Europe. Approximately half of the victims referred for care within the country in 2009 were Albanian; these were primarily women and girls subjected to conditions of forced prostitution in hotels and private residences in Tirana, Durres, and Vlora.  

Those are just a few facts, here are some more:

  • There are more slaves in the world today than ever before in history!

  • Human trafficking not only involves sex and labor, but people are also trafficked for organ harvesting.

  • Human Traffickers often use or recruit younger girls into the sex trade.  Sex traffickers often train girls themselves, raping them and teaching them sex acts.

  • Approximately 30,000 victims of sex trafficking die each year from abuse, disease, torture and neglect.

  • 80% of those sold into sexual slavery are under 24, some as young as 6 years old.

  • A trafficker can earn 20 times what he or she paid for a girl, provided she was not physically brutalized to the point of ruining her beauty.  The pimp can then sell her again for a greater price because he had trained her and broken her spirit, which saves future buyers the hassle.

  • A 2003 study in the Netherlands found that, on average, a single sex slave earned her pimp at least $250,000 a year.

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What Can We Do?

 

Change begins with us!

We must begin to shine the Light of Jesus into this dark business.

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Alive or Dead

Mission of Light has worked on the streets, officially, for over two years. But the work began several years before, as God worked on the hearts of many of us here in Naples, Italy, to reach out to all victims trafficked into prostitution. But this blog is not about the history of MOL, not about statistics or demographics. It […]

 

“Words from our teams:”

Our teams go out on the streets every two weeks and talk with the women, bring them water or a little gift.  They share the gospel and pray with those that are interested.  Most Women want to talk and are happy to see us.

I see the heartbreaking reality of these souls, I try to focus on what can be accomplished: a kind word given, a loving embrace, a word of hope; but most importantly I’m there to declare a message of reconciliation with God. I cannot accomplish much to change their physical bondage, but I can bring a life-changing message of liberty in Christ. I love to see the thirst to learn about God and listen to His Word that so many express.
Laurel, Mission of Light
Seeing anyone in bondage to anything makes me “heavy” for that person. When you add in sex trafficking/human trafficking, it makes the pain a lot deeper; which brings about a crying out for those who are oppressed in this way. It was not enough for me to just sit in my comfortable home and just pray about it – God wanted me to go to the streets to speak into these people – HIS people! God created these women and children in HIS image which we all know to be Excellent and Good….However, satan will stop at nothing to mar and cast into darkness the things that God created and ordained. Although, God doesn’t need any of us – He is a big God capable of things above and beyond all that I can ask or think – but He does need us in the sense that through us, He might be seen and glorified and that they will hear, feel and know that God is real, tangible and that HE loves them so.
Rebecca, Mission Of Light
How can I put into words what it’s like to minister on the streets to these women? There’s so much to be said…and yet, not enough CAN be said. All I know is, Christ’s love compels me. It’s that simple. Bring justice to the oppressed; rescue those who are suffering; break the bonds of wickedness: these are commands, not suggestions. And if I love Jesus, I will obey His commands. If I love Jesus, I will do His Father’s work. Sometimes that work is hard. It’s heartbreaking. It’s grim. It’s uncomfortable. Yet, by God’s grace, I can look these women in the eyes and tell them I love them, that Jesus loves them, and that they are precious in His sight. By God’s grace, we are empowered and equipped to be His light in a very dark place.
Beverly, Mission of Light
One of the great things about going out on the street is seeing the ladies smile when our car pulls up and they see that it is not just another john but it is us. Some of them just beam and come running to us. I seriously think that we may be the only people in their lives that come to give them something rather than to take from them. We usually come with a little bag of goodies and always with hope: hope for spiritual awakening or encouragement, hope to see that they truly are a precious woman, and hope for help to leave the streets when/if they have the courage and opportunity to get away. Just as strongly as others tell them that they are just an object for others’ profit and pleasure, we share the Good News of Jesus: that each of them is deeply loved by a powerful God who sees them right where they live and loves them very much!
Sheri, Mission of Light
I can’t adequately express what it is like to meet a woman on the street, to recognize myself in her womanhood…to see her as I have learned to see myself–beautiful because of the One who created me…and her. We are both made for a purpose and I know that God did not create her to be in bondage. He did not create any of these beautiful women to be used repeatedly for the perverse pleasure of many men, or for the financial gain of her traffickers/pimps.  I know that they do receive joy from our visits. We see it on their faces. But I want to convey that I too feel joy but, even more, I have been transformed forever by these relationships. I have learned from their strength, their loyalty to their families, their fears, their anger, and the love they have for us. The easy part is going and reaching out…building the relationships that require time and trust. The harder moment is walking away, knowing that I return to my “normal” but that her normal continues to be abuse, suffering and pain.  What truly compels me to continue is the call of God to share with these women the knowledge I have been given….that true redemption and freedom from bondage comes through the person of Jesus Christ. He alone can break the chains…the physical bondage of the traffickers and the spiritual bondage of the enemy. We pray on the streets, we proclaim the truth of God’s word, we bring the love of Christ, and we know that change will come…it may not come in our timing but as we are faithful, so is the God we serve.
Joyce, Mission of Light

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