About this project
Please help us finish our photography book A Bitter Place: Stories of Nigerian trafficking to Italy .
(Per la versione in italiano andare in fondo alla pagina....)
What is the project about?
According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Nigeria figures among the eight countries in the world with the highest rate in human trafficking. Italy is one of the most common destinations for many Nigerian women who, upon arrival, end up in prostitution networks. They usually work in the streets, in the outskirts of major Italian cities, and are often forced to follow their madam’s brutal rules of high debts, unsustainable shifts on the streets and the lack of freedom.
In the last twenty years, the number of undocumented young Nigerian women trafficked to Italy has increased enormously. As a consequence, in 1998, Italy passed a law (Article 18) granting “victims of human trafficking” temporary residence permits to escape from situations of violence and abuse. There were two conditions: the applicant had to agree to pursue criminal action against her exploiter, and to participate in a state funded rehabilitation program.
Our work bears witness to the multiple reasons behind women’s migration, such as the lack of opportunities in Nigeria, desire for a new life, betrayal, and the urgency to support family members back home. By documenting the stories of women from Benin City, in the Edo State of Nigeria – from where around 80% of trafficked women come – we attempt to show the complexities of their experiences.
We have been working on these issues since the early 2000s, Elena as a photographer, and Cristiana as an anthropologist. Over the years, we have been documenting several Nigerian women’s experiences both visually and in narrative, and we would now like to bring these two dimensions of our work together in a book. To do so, we would love to shoot new photographs, and conduct more interviews on women’ life stories.
Where will the funds raised on Kickstarter go?
1. They will help to cover the costs of getting around Italy in order to do more photography and more interviewing. This means accommodation, transportation, and other travel-related expenses. We plan to do all we can to cut expenses whenever possible – staying with friends, using public transportation, etc. Right now we have no interviews with madams, and hope to talk to two or three. ($1500)
2. Designing and printing the book. It is planned to be full colour, 8.5 × 12 inches and between 60 and 70 pages. We hope to have the first book ready for printing about nine months after funding is received ($4500).
3. Kickstarter takes a small percentage, as does Amazon's payment system, and a portion will go in thank-you gifts ($1500).
Any income beyond our goal will be invested back into extra copies of the book.
We would be excited for any additional help we can get: The more money we make, the further we can take this!
We look forward to hearing from you and thanks a lot for your help!
We have until 8th March to reach our funding goal of $7.500! No money changes hands unless we are fully funded - it's all or nothing so please support us!
The video was realized by Mu Produzioni Audiovisive. Music: Mr Mamadou and Freesound. A special thanks to Enrico Sabena.
AIUTACI A RAGGIUNGERE $ 7,500 ENTRO L`8 MARZO 2012
Attraverso Kickstarter abbiamo lanciato una campagna per finanziare il nostro progetto fotografico. Con il vostro aiuto realizzeremo un libro sulla tratta nigeriana in Italia. Si tratta di un fenomeno complesso che intendiamo documentare attraverso fotografia e antropologia.
L`Italia e` uno dei principali paesi di destinazione per le donne nigeriane che finiscono nella rete dello sfruttamento sessuale. Nel corso degli anni abbiamo documentato, attraverso fotografia e antropologia, l`esperienza di queste donne in Italia. Adesso abbiamo l`opportunita` di completare la nostra ricerca, aggiungendo nuove immagini e interviste e realizzando un libro sul tema.
Con il vostro contributo:
-completeremo la ricerca fotografico/antropologica
-ci occuperemo a tempo pieno della realizzazione del libro (grafica, impaginazione, messa in stampa vera e propria). Prevediamo che il libro sia pronto per la stampa circa nove mesi dopo la raccolta fondi.
-vi manderemo le vostre rewards
-pagheremo un 10% di commissioni ad Amazon e Kickstarter.
Con tutte le offerte superiori ai $7500 iniziali, realizzeremo copie supplementari del libro, che saranno disponibili nelle librerie.
Abbiamo tempo fino all`8 Marzo 2012 per raggiungere la cifra dei $7500! Se non si raggiunge l`importo pattuito, il finanziamento non partira`. Contiamo sul vostro preziosissimo aiuto per realizzare questo progetto!
Grazie ancora per il vostro contributo!
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