'I read the book in one horrified gulp...a profound, appalling portrait of a country overwhelmed by crime, and which somehow managed to keep a focus on the human victims and the geopolitical forces at play.'
Roadmap to Hell
Sex, Drugs and Guns on the Mafia CoastBarbie Latza Nadeau
From sex slaves to drug mules, The Daily Beast‘s Rome Bureau Chief uncovers a terrifying and intricate web of criminal activity right on Europe’s doorstep.
Chasing the money from kidnapped Nigerian hair braiders to ISIS gunrunners, this is the story of modern slavery in Europe and how the plight of those most in need is being wilfully disregarded. Caught between Camorra arms dealers and Nigerian drug gangs along Italy’s attractive coast, each year thousands of refugees and migrants are lured into their murky underworld. In this powerful exposé, investigative journalist Barbie Latza Nadeau follows the weapons trail, meets the sex-trafficked women trapped by black magic, the nuns who try to save them and the Italian police who turn a blind eye as the most urgent issues facing Europe play out in broad daylight.
‘Barbie Latza Nadeau takes you on an exhilarating ride through Italy's dark underbelly.’
‘This is a terrifying and heartbreaking book... I will find it difficult, from now on, to contemplate today’s world without thinking about what goes on in Castel Volturno.’
‘Barbie Latza Nadeau dissects the intricate relationship between those who make a living from organized crime, terrorism and sex trafficking with an astute understanding of the Italian culture that allows it to prosper.'
'The sex-trafficking of tens of thousands of Nigerian young women to Italy is a shamefully under-reported story that disgraces the authorities in both those countries. Barbie Latza Nadeau reveals the dirty truth with flair, forensic insight, and, above all, great empathy for the victims of this trade... Her tale of suffering and injustice in Italy is an uncomfortable but vital read.'
'The book, built on interviews with many participants, is well-reported and consistently heartbreaking...Nadeau's book makes for a useful work of advocacy, calling attention to a terrible traffic in human misery.'
'A powerful exposé of organised crime along Italy’s picturesque Amalfi Coast. The Daily Beast’s Rome correspondent takes on gun runners, Nigerian gangs and wilfully negligent police as she chronicles the forced criminality of sex-trafficked women and drug mules – and the efforts of nuns to rescue them. Unnerving stuff.'
'Barbie Latza Nadeau uncovers a web of criminal activity in Italy, involving thousands of refugees and migrants who are lured into the underworld and forced to become sex slaves, drug mules, or weapon smugglers.'
‘Darker than Helene Stapinski's Murder in Matera, this timely and troubling exposé should appeal to a similar audience willing to embrace an unromanticized view of Italian life.’
'A crusading piece of journalism that exposes the human face of Italy’s growing sex-slavery industry. Roadmap to Hell is a timely and devastating examination of the criminal underworld. Barbie Latza Nadeau’s journalistic, snappy, and easy-to-digest work breaks down exactly how West African women are lured to Italy.'
'This is not a book that blames the victims.'