Sex trafficking in Italy is on the rise as its geography and established crime networks sets it up to be a gateway for sex trafficking throughout Europe.
Even as far back as 2001, ABC Australia produced this 15-minute news special focusing on “Italy’s dark underground trade in women”:
21 year old Anna, from Albania, refers to the dark reality that:
“We were sold and bought. In Albania it is no use going to the police because they only sell you again.”
Sex trafficking needs to be taken more seriously in Italy and Europe, as prostitution remains legal throughout most of the European Union. There is a definite connection between the two (as outlined by retired New Scottland Yard Detective Sergeant Roddy Llewellyn), so taking steps towards end legalized prostitution is a step in the right direction.