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While Mary's ordeal ended 15 years ago, a soaring number of Nigerian girls like her are being trafficked to Europe – mainly Italy – and forced to sell sex by gangs taking advantage of the chaos caused by the migrant crisis, anti-slavery activists say.More than nine in 10 of the Nigerian women trafficked to Europe come from Edo, a predominantly Christian state with a population of about 3 million, according to the United Nations.While Edo is not among the country's poorest states, its history of migration to Italy has fueled locals' hopes of easy money in Europe – leaving people vulnerable to traffickers, the International Organization for Migration says.More than 5,600 Nigerian women and girls arrived in Italy by sea last year, up from 1,200 in 2014, and at least four in five were trafficked into sex work, the IOM said.Mary says many former victims have been retrafficked to Italy and fears not enough is being done to stop traffickers or persuade women and girls not to go abroad and into prostitution.
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