I grew up in Benin city, I watched a lot of families send their daughters, wives, mothers to Italy to 'work', I watched it become so 'normal' that almost every family had an 'Italo babe'.
As much as this should not define the entire Benin Kingdom, it is an unfortunate truth...well, it used to be in the 90's, it has relatively eased over the years. I recall the first case of the 'Italo' syndrome was with a girl called 'B'. B's family was soooooooo poor it was heart breaking. The dad was a security man, the mom roasted fish for sale, and the kids where like 20! Okay, I know that's an exaggeration, but they were at least 10 kids, leaving in a 1 bedroom flat. They all looked malnourished, and there was always this rumour that you should only buy fish while it was still being roasted, as if kept overnight, they were stored in the toilet because there was no space in the house! We avoided their fish like a plague!READ MORE