Pulitzer Center Update

This Week: A Trafficked Girl

April 04, 2017|

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Blessing and two other teen-age Nigerian girls watch a rainbow over the short stretch of water separating Sicily from mainland Italy. Eighty percent of young Nigerian women who cross the Mediterranean are trafficked into sexual exploitation. Image by Ben Taub. Italy, 2017.

Blessing and two other teen-age Nigerian girls watch a rainbow over the short stretch of water separating Sicily from mainland Italy. Eighty percent of young Nigerian women who cross the Mediterranean are trafficked into sexual exploitation. Image by Ben Taub. Italy, 2017.

A Trafficking Route to Hell

Ben Taub

This is the story you haven’t read, a masterful 12,000-word account for The New Yorker by grantee Ben Taub on the grim factors driving the trafficking of thousands of young girls from one region in Nigeria across the deserts of Niger and Libya to cramped resettlement centers in Sicily. It is a tale of poverty, promises betrayed, organized crime, and—in the “civilized” cities of western Europe—a market for young African prostitutes. Ben tells the story by meticulously retracing the journey of a young girl named Blessing, caught in the trafficking web.

The Leather Industry's Toxic Toll

Larry C. Price and Justin Kenny

You can smell the place long before you see it. Grantees Larry Price and Justin Kenny report for PBS NewsHour on the health hazards and hellish working conditions in the tanneries of Bangladesh.

Paradise Lost

Kai Schultz

Grantee Kai Schultz looks at the low-lying Maldives’ losing battle against rising seas as it tries to salvage its democracy and its lucrative tourism industry. Kai’s reporting is featured in The New York Times and Foreign Policy.