The Desperate Journey of a Trafficked Girl - The New Yorker

The Desperate Journey of a Trafficked Girl  The New YorkerGirls from Benin City who set out voluntarily, like Blessing, can become caught in a network of forced labor and sex work. Photograph by Alex Majoli / Magnum for The New Yorker...

The Desperate Journey of a Trafficked Girl - The New Yorker
The Desperate Journey of a Trafficked Girl  The New Yorker

Girls from Benin City who set out voluntarily, like Blessing, can become caught in a network of forced labor and sex work. Photograph by Alex Majoli / Magnum for The New Yorker It was close to midnight on the coast of Libya, a few miles west of Tripoli. At the water’s edge, armed Libyan smugglers pumped air into thirty-foot rubber dinghies. Some three thousand refugees and migrants, mostly sub-Saharan Africans, silent and barefoot, stood nearby in rows of ten. Oil platforms glowed in the Mediterranean. The Libyans ordered male migrants to carry the inflated boats into the water, thirty on e...