Nollywood start actress, Stephanie Linus is taking on a herculean task – to end sex trafficking to Italy from Nigeria.

She probably understands how tough the task could be but perhaps she is hoping to try.

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Reuters quoted the actress as saying that celebrities like her can mobilise their fan-base and help stem the flood of women who swap Africa for a better life in Italy only to end up selling sex.

The Lagos-based Nollywood star said she hopes to raise awareness and prevent more women and girls from becoming victims of the global sex trafficking trade.

She spoke after visiting reception centres for victims of trafficking in Sicily, Italy where she met Nigerian women who detailed their journeys to Europe and the dangers they faced.

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“Because of the large network of fans, we often have ... we can ... educate people in our networks about the dangers of trafficking and do our best to provide hope and inspiration to those who have already fallen victim,” Linus wrote in an email to Thomson Reuters Foundation.

The number of female Nigerians arriving in Italy by boat surged to more than 11,000 in 2016 from 1,500 in 2014, with at least four in five of them forced into prostitution, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

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