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Mafia & migrant gang forcing refugees to sell drugs in Sicily

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The Italian mafia is taking advantage of vulnerable refugees arriving in Sicily, teaming up with a migrant gang to force newcomers to sell drugs. Refusing to do so can result in violent consequences, one victim told RT.

Sicily is a hot spot for refugees crossing the Mediterranean Sea from Africa, with many ending up in the picturesque port city of Palermo.

Tourists and locals flock to the city's bustling Ballaro market every day, snapping photos of colorful produce stands and freshly caught fish. However, when the sun sets and the vendors go home for the night, the market takes a dark turn.

"There is very powerful trafficking of heroin, marijuana and other kinds of drugs [at the market]," local journalist Francesco Bellina told RT's Charlotte Dubenskij.

Although the Italian mafia is controlling the operation behind the scenes, the faces of the operation are mostly refugees.

"Mafia bosses need to use somebody for selling drugs, so in this case, in this period, they are using also migrants, specifically Nigerian migrants," Bellina said.



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