A new Vice News piece has revealed the harrowing truth of how the Italian Mafia and a gang from Nigeria who refer to themselves as “The Black Axe” have joined forces to target refugees fleeing horrific poverty.
The mini-doc investigates the shocking reality facing migrants crossing the Mediterranean from Africa and the Middle East, particularity those who arrive as economic migrants rather than refugees and therefore receive no financial aid or permission to work. It is these people who are being forced into drug trafficking and prostitution by these gangs who are ultimately under the control of the Mafia.
It’s a terrifying reality that is facing thousands of people. The video above delves into one small Italian fishing town where the problem is rife, it includes interviews with those who have been subjected to horrors by the group, take a look yourself now.