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'One blanket lost' is a radio piece about the experience of Nigerian girls who migrated to Europe and became involved in prostitution work.
'... We are talking about two distinct groups of women. One group is those who come to Europe by their own means, normally after a very long trip through Africa and a very long stay in Morocco. Many of them gave birth to children in Morocco, and later enter Europe, either by jumping the barriers in Ceuta, or by pirogue to the Canaries or to the south of the peninsula. This group, due to lack of employment or real opportunities in Spain, normally end up working in street prostitution.
The second group are those who entered Europe using networks that infiltrate them to Europe using false documentation. They arrive to European airports, for example Belgium or Greece, and finish their itinerary in Spain where they stop using the documentation that allowed them to enter. This second group usually incur significant debts of around 50.000 euros. Recent testimonies already talk about 65.000 euros. So, we are talking about enormous debts for this women who have no access to legitimate work. So they usually also end up working in street prostitution.' (Norberto Fresno)
'The trafficking of Nigerian girls for prostitution in Spain started in the early 90s, frequently involving long transits in the Algerian and Moroccan deserts. 'One blanket lost', a common expression used by the traffickers, 'mourns' the loss of blankets in which they buried girls who died on the way.
Erica was the sole surviver from the boat which carried her to Spanish waters. She lost her baby girl and boyfriend at sea, after which she started paying a 42,000 Euro debt to her Madam...' (Meira Asher)
Thanks: Erica Osemwigie, Happy, Rita, Norberto Fresno (Acción en red-Canaries), Carlos Jarque (volunteer-Centro Lugo, Cáritas), Mila Barrera.
Created by Meira Asher.
© bodylab art foundation, 2010.