Roadmap to hell Sex, drugs and guns on the Mafia coast

Barbie Latza Nadeau

Book - 2018

From sex slaves to drug mules, The Daily Beast's Rome Bureau Chief uncovers a terrifying and intricate web of criminal activity right on Europe's doorstep. Caught between Camorra gunrunners selling to ISIS and Nigerian drug gangs along Italy's picturesque coast, each year thousands of refugees and migrants are lured into their criminal underworld, forced to become sex slaves, drug mules or weapon smugglers. In this powerful exposé, investigative journalist Barbie Latza Nadeau fol...lows the weapons trail, meets the Nigerian hair braiders trafficked and trapped by black magic, the brave nuns who try to save them and the Italian police who turn a blind eye as the most urgent issues facing Europe play out in broad daylight.

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Subjects
Genres
True crime stories
Published
London, England : Oneworld 2018.
Language
English
Physical Description
xx, 213 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-213).
ISBN
9781786072559
1786072556
Main Author
Barbie Latza Nadeau (author)
  • Introduction: Setting the compass
  • Rescued, then captured
  • Nuns in the land of fire
  • Madams and the black magic juju curse
  • Italy's DNA : God, Girls and the Mafia
  • Massacres and alliances
  • Kalashnikovs and bodies under the mattresses
  • The way forward.
Review by Library Journal Reviews

This book explores the seamy side of migration to scenic southern Italy. Observing that boats from North Africa have become increasingly filled with Nigerian women, journalist Nadeau (Angel Face: Sex, Murder, and the Inside Story of Amanda Knox) traces their lives in Italy, where prostitution is legal. Original interviews and stories collected from rescue workers, public officials, patrons of sex workers, and the female victims of sex slavery themselves form the core of this graphic narrative. Shelters staffed by Catholic nuns are described along with similar havens subject to corrupt government payment schemes. Later chapters discuss the criminal culture and inefficiencies of modern-day Italy as well as factors that drive migration to this economically challenged European nation. Possible solutions to this dire social problem with links to the drug trade and terrorism are reviewed in a final chapter. Endnotes reflect the author's journalistic background. Questions remain about the need for state regulation of sex work. VERDICT Darker than Helene Stapinski's Murder in Matera, this timely and troubling exposé should appeal to a similar audience willing to embrace an unromanticized view of Italian life.—Antoinette Brinkman, formerly with Southwest Indiana Mental Health Ctr. Lib., Evansville Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"The book, built on interviews with many participants, is well-reported and consistently heartbreaking.... a useful work of advocacy, calling attention to a terrible traffic in human misery.""-- Kirkus Reviews"Roadmap to Hell is a crusading piece of journalism that exposes the human face of Italy’s growing sex-slavery industry. This is a heart-wrenching volume that nevertheless manages to be clear-eyed about the nature of drug addiction, superstition, and illicit practices."-- Foreword ReviewsFrom sex slaves to drug mules, The Daily Beast's Rome Bureau Chief uncovers a terrifying and intricate web of criminal activity right on Europe’s doorstep.Caught between Camorra gunrunners selling to ISIS and Nigerian drug gangs along Italy’s picturesque coast, each year thousands of refugees and migrants are lured into their underworld, forced to become sex slaves, drug mules or weapon smugglers. In this powerful exposé, investigative journalist Barbie Latza Nadeau follows the weapons trail, meets the trafficked women trapped by black magic, the brave nuns who try to save them and the Italian police who turn a blind eye as the most urgent issues facing Europe play out in broad daylight.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

From sex slaves to drug mules, The Daily Beast's Rome Bureau Chief uncovers a terrifying and intricate web of criminal activity right on Europe's doorstep.Chasing the money from kidnapped Nigerian hair braiders to ISIS gunrunners, this is the story of modern slavery in Europe and how the plight of those most in need is being wilfully disregarded. Caught between Camorra arms dealers and Nigerian drug gangs along Italy's attractive coast, each year thousands of refugees and migrants are lured into their murky underworld. In this powerful exposé, investigative journalist Barbie Latza Nadeau follows the weapons trail, meets the sex-trafficked women trapped by black magic, the nuns who try to save them and the Italian police who turn a blind eye as the most urgent issues facing Europe play out in broad daylight.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

From sex slaves to drug mules, The Daily Beast's Rome Bureau Chief uncovers a terrifying and intricate web of criminal activity right on Europe’s doorstep.Chasing the money from kidnapped Nigerian hair braiders to ISIS gunrunners, this is the story of modern slavery in Europe and how the plight of those most in need is being wilfully disregarded. Caught between Camorra arms dealers and Nigerian drug gangs along Italy’s attractive coast, each year thousands of refugees and migrants are lured into their murky underworld. In this powerful exposé, investigative journalist Barbie Latza Nadeau follows the weapons trail, meets the sex-trafficked women trapped by black magic, the nuns who try to save them and the Italian police who turn a blind eye as the most urgent issues facing Europe play out in broad daylight.