B y the time his Libyan captors branded his face, Sunday Iabarot had already run away twice and had been sold three times. The gnarled scar that covers most of the left side of his face appears to show a crude number 3. His jailer carved it into his cheek with a fire-heated knife, cutting and cauterizing at the same time. The journey of more than 2, miles would take him across the trackless desert plains of Niger and through the lawless tribal lands of southern Libya before depositing him at the southern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. He never made it. Instead, he was captured the moment he arrived in Libya, then sold to armed men who kept a stable of African migrants they exploited for labor and ransom. The brand on his face, he says, was both punishment and a mark of identification. Fourteen other men who attempted to escape the fetid warehouse where they had been held as captive labor in Bani Walid, Libya, for several months in were similarly scarred, though the symbols differed. Iabarot is among an estimated , men and women who have crossed the Sahara over the past five years dreaming of a better life in Europe.
The legal status of prostitution in Africa varies widely. It is frequently common in practice, partially driven by the widespread poverty in many sub-Saharan African countries,  and is one of the drivers for the prevalence of AIDS in Africa. In other countries, prostitution may be legal, but brothels are not allowed to operate. In some countries where prostitution is illegal, the law is rarely enforced. Transactional sexual relationships are particularly common in sub-Saharan Africa, where they often involve relationships between older men and younger women or girls.
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Every year, more young women from the West African country are being smuggled into Germany and forced into prostitution. She had four years of schooling before she was put to work on the farm, German national radio Deutschlandfunk reported. I had no home anymore, so I walked the streets and tried to find help. Young Nigerian girls and women in vulnerable situations are easy pickings for human traffickers.
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