Nigeria Center Helps Derail Prostitution

BENIN CITY, Nigeria, APRIL 6, 2007 ( Thanks to a gift from the Church in Italy, a center will open in Nigeria to support women facing crisis situations, especially those escaping from human traffickers or forced prostitution.

The center will open this summer in Benin City. It will be supported by a group of women religious from various congregations whose home has also been financed by the Church in Italy.

Organizations such as Caritas-Italy and the Committee for Charitable Interventions for the Third World made the gift possible.

According to Missionary of the Consolata Sister Eugenia Bonetti, most of the women who are forced into prostitution in Europe are from Nigeria. The sisters who work with these women will visit the new center to learn about the culture and environment from which the latter come.

Sister Bonetti explained that the Nigerian center will have 18 beds and aims to provide shelter for “youths returning to the country for various reasons, such as voluntary return or mass expulsion, mental illness or other types of illnesses, and who are needing protection or are rejected by their families.”