This photo taken on Monday, April 23, 2018, shows an aerial view of the World Cup Luzhniki stadium with the Moscow River and the State University in the background in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Dmitry Serebryakov)
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Human traffickers are planning to exploit relaxed Russian visa controls for next month's World Cup to sell Nigerian women into sex work, state officials and anti-slavery activists said."This is a real present for traffickers," said Julia Siluyanova of Russian anti-slavery group Alternativa.She said Russia's strict visa process had typically made trafficking people into the nation time-consuming and costly and the eased visa rules had now left the system open to abuse.Many women and girls have been lured from Nigeria in recent years with promises of work and good wages only to end up trapped in debt bondage, and the World Cup could see the number of victims arriving in Russia soar, according to Alternativa.NAPTIP was unable to say how many women were trafficked into Russia, but an official in Nigeria's Edo state said it was sizeable.
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