Before her 18th birthday, Elizabeth had already traveled across the Sahara and the Mediterranean on her way from Nigeria to Europe and spent six months in a brothel in Denmark. She was being prepared to start working on the streets of Italy when she found her way to Casa Rut, a safe house for trafficking victims. Elizabeth is among the hundreds of thousands of migrants who have taken the perilous journey to Europe in recent years. An estimated 3, migrants have lost their lives at sea in the last year, even as Italy rescued , people through its now defunct Mare Nostrum program. While European policymakers debate how to respond to the influx of migrants, human traffickers are ready to take advantage of the chaos.
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T here is a simple method of achieving the right state of mind for driving in Italy. It may be hard to believe, especially after you have seen Rome during the first week of July or Milan during rush hour, but millions of Italian drivers believe it and so can you. In Italy, as elsewhere, there are laws about stop streets, maximum permissible speeds, which side of the street you can drive on, and so forth. In Italy, however, these laws exist only as tests of character and self-esteem. Stopping at a stop sign, for example, is prima facie evidence that the driver is, if male, a cuckold or, if female, frigid and barren. Contrarily, driving through a stop sign is proof not only that you are virile or fertile but that you are a Person of Consequence. This is why the Italian driver who gets a ticket goes red in the face, swears, wrings his hands, and beats his forehead with his fists, and this is why people come out of nearby shops to snicker and point at him. Remember, therefore: signs, laws, and the commands of the traffic policeman are for the lowly and mean-spirited. The only place he can do it regularly is in his car. The basic rule of driving in Italian cities is: force your car as far as it will go into any opening in the traffic.
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Italian Sexualities Uncovered, — pp Cite as. The family is a powerful way of imagining the nation as an organic community, united by the ties of blood, history and emotion, and its particular importance to Italian national identity has long been recognised. During the Risorgimento, a close correspondence between family and nation was created, with the roles of father, mother, brother and sister all being used to evoke a range of relationships and models of behaviour across the political spectrum. And if, for the latter, the political and iconographical legacy of the French Revolution was the obvious point of reference, in practice left and right alike mixed a newer, democratic vision of kinship relations with a traditional sense of family hierarchies. Both patriots and their opponents created an image of the Italian nation that incorporated paternal authority and maternal compassion.