The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has declared Nigeria among the top eight countries with the highest human trafficking rates in the world. Photographer Elena Perlino has been working on this extremely important topic for many years, focusing mainly on the Italian connection since Italy has an extensive sex industry based on trafficking from Africa.

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Author: Elena Perlino


‘Elena Perlino’s Pipeline documents more than just the particularities of prostitution, trafficking, the cultural specificities of the Italian cities these women live in: it documents the very things we consciously chose to elude, ignore, and dismiss; its view upon the fleeting and unnoticed lives of trafficked sex workers reveals just how little do we understand about or are willing to confront the horrid aspects of the everyday and the conditions of those we always and consciously think of less and always in our service.’
Sabin Bors, Anti-Utopias

Perlino’s work attempts to show the complexities and contradictions of women’s experiences, documenting their daily life in Turin, Genoa, Rome, Naples and Palermo. By collecting stories of women from Benin City (Edo State) – where around 80% of trafficked women come from – this reportage bears witness to the multiple reasons behind women’s forced or voluntary migration. Elena Perlino has succeeded in telling a breathtaking story with elegance; this book became thus a harsh yet touching portrait of one of Europe’s most horrific daily scenes.


Reviews & Features
Essay by Anti-Utopias
Interview with Photowhoa
Redattore Social 
Vento Nueve (Italian)
re:photographica Good Reads of 2014
Maison Europeéne de le Photographie, le choix de la librairie
F-Stop Magazine
Feature Shoot
L’Oeil de la Photographie
(English, French, Mandarin)
Se Non Ora Quando (Italian)


Design: Heijdens Karwei
ISBN: 9789053308240
Format: 17 x 22 cm
192 pages with 74 photos in full colour

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Weight0.704 kg


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