Criminals appear to be taking advantage of Russia’s student visa system to force girls into prostitution. DW’s Emma Burrows has been investigating how Nigerians come for university and disappear into the sex trade.
Two years ago a woman came to Blessing Osakwe’s hometown in the south of Nigeria and told the young woman there was work for her in Russia. She told Osakwe she would have a job in a supermarket, and that it would take the her just five or six months to earn the money to reimburse the costs of the visa and the journey to Russia. After paying back the $40,000, Osakwe could keep all the money she made, the woman said.
Osakwe said her parents are very poor and that the idea of going to Russia to help them and to save money for her education appealed to her. She agreed.
Only when she arrived, did she discover everything the woman had said was a lie.
There was no supermarket job. Instead, Osakwe told DW, she was forced to work as a prostitute.
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