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Sister Chiara speaks with a Nigerian woman on the side of highway SS385 in Sicily.
Sister Chiara speaks with a Nigerian woman on the side of highway SS385 in Sicily.
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Alessandro Puglia

Prostitution in Sicily The Good Sister of Highway SS385

Many women who flee Nigeria for Europe fall into the clutches of human traffickers and are forced to work as prostitutes. A road in Sicily has become a symbol of their plight, and a local nun is trying to help them.
By Maria Stöhr and Maria Feck (Photos) in Sicily
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Sister Chiara collects donations from people in Caltagirone to help the women.

Sister Chiara collects donations from people in Caltagirone to help the women.

Maria Feck
"Nobody cares about the women."

Sister Chiara

"Many Italians think that these women have freely chosen this way of life. But no woman would choose this."

Sister Chiara

Sister Chiara was the only one who was able to identify Elena.

Sister Chiara was the only one who was able to identify Elena.

Maria Feck
Caltagirone is a small city in the Sicilian hinterlands. Three nuns -- Bernada, Marta and Chiara -- live here in the convent.

Caltagirone is a small city in the Sicilian hinterlands. Three nuns -- Bernada, Marta and Chiara -- live here in the convent.

Maria Feck
Nigerian Migrants Forced into Prostitution in Sicily
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Nigerian Migrants Forced into Prostitution in Sicily

This piece is part of the Global Societies series. The project runs for three years and is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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