Italian Coastguard Intercepts More Than 470 Suspected Nigerian Prostitutes

Italy's coastguard said on Friday it had intercepted eight flimsy and rickety boats carrying more than 470 migrants, mostly suspected to...

Italy's coastguard said on Friday it had intercepted eight flimsy and rickety boats carrying more than 470 migrants, mostly suspected to be Nigerian prostitutes, who were attempting to reach Italian shores over the past two days.
Italy bears the brunt of clandestine seaborne migration to southern Europe. Most migrants risk the voyage across the Mediterranean Sea in small and overcrowded fishing boats.

Thousands have died as a result of shipwreck, harsh conditions at sea or a lack of food and water in recent years, activists say.

"With the arrival of the spring and the subsequent improvement in the weather conditions, migrant attempts to reach the Italian coast have picked up massively," the coastguard said in a statement.

A 15-metre long rubber boat carrying 98 people from sub-Saharan Africa was intercepted 96 miles off the coast of the tiny Sicilian island of Lampedusa on Thursday, a coastguard official said.

Rescue workers then received an emergency call from another boat carrying 131 people from sub-Saharan Africa, Pakistan and Bangladesh close to Lampedusa, which they brought to shore.

Overnight the coastguard rescued 31 people from Morocco and sub-Saharan Africa on a boat off the southern coast of Sicily, which was also heading to Lampedusa.

The official said 214 other migrants, mainly from Africa, on five boats had also been detained in the past 48 hours.

All the migrants are being held in reception centers in Sicily and Lampedusa, the official said.

Maltese authorities intercepted 90 migrants in Maltese waters late on Thursday.

An estimated 1,500 migrants lost their lives in the Mediterranean in 2011 during the Arab Spring uprisings in North Africa, according to Human Rights Watch. It estimates the death toll in 2012 at more than 300.
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  1. Please always give correct information as the Italian authorities has not made reference to Nigerians or prostitutes. Why do you all like to refer to Nigeria as a country without no dignity? Please always give correct information as it is not only Nigeria that are involved in prostitution in Europe, there, all the European countries are involved in prostitution in Europe and other African countries, and south America countries too. Why is it only Nigeria is making the headline news?
    Please you journalists and writers, do your research properly before writing and stop leading people astral with your wrong information.
    The Italians authorities never made reference to Nigerians, its you now that is speculation that they are Nigerians, stop giving a bad imafe to Nigeria and Nigerians.

  2. Bad news caused by bad governance in Nigeria steared by bad morals.



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