The Deal

The documentary “The Deal” shines a light on the billion-dollar business of forced prostitution and drug trafficking carried out by Nigerian networks. They fulfil forbidden desires: prostitution and drugs. It’s a billion-dollar business based on enslavement and forced prostitution. “The Deal” follows investigators as well as those affected by the Nigerian networks.

“More demand, more sales. If demand is no more, sales will collapse,” protagonist Princess Inyang Okokon states in the film. She is a social worker with a mission: to save the women who are forced prostitutes in Europe, but also to offer young women in Nigeria an alternative to emigrating to Europe. Princess knows that the European demand for prostitutes is increasing – just like poverty in Nigeria.

Behind Nigerian forced prostitution are female human traffickers, so-called madames, while members of Nigerian “brotherhoods” in Europe are mainly involved in the drug trade. “They dominate the market with extremely low prices,” says Lina Trovato, an anti-Mafia prosecutor. She not only investigates the organisation of the brotherhoods, but also painstakingly tracks the movements of their revenues. Our camera is allowed to accompany her on her investigations.

Lina Trovato’s work on the route of forced prostitutes to and within Europe connects her with Colin Nierenz, an investigator from the “Aid” commission of investigation in Duisburg. His team are on the trail of a madam who forced young Nigerian women into prostitution.

Written & Directed by: Chiara Sambuchi

Directors of Photography: Paolo Pisacane, Till Vielrose
Editors: Simone Veneroso, Gabriele Biasizzo
Composer: Pietro Santangelo
Creative Producer: Arndt Fehl

Original Sound: Jule Buerjes, Francesco Guarnaccia, Sven Klöpper, Fabio Russo
Legal Consultant: Dr. Ralph Graef

Production Managers: Nele Huff, Izzy Hughes-Morgan
Line Producer: Ko Miklik

Executive Producer: Antje Boehmert

Commissioning Editors: Simone ReuterBernd SeidlDr. Gudrun Hanke-El Ghomri

Produced by DOCDAYS Productions in co-production with SWR in collaboration with arte.
International Distribution by: New Docs

Length: 88:30 Min
Year of Production: 2022

The documentary “The Deal” shines a light on the billion-dollar business of forced prostitution and drug trafficking carried out by Nigerian networks. They fulfil forbidden desires: prostitution and drugs. It’s a billion-dollar business based on enslavement and forced prostitution. “The Deal” follows investigators as well as those affected by the Nigerian networks.

“More demand, more sales. If demand is no more, sales will collapse,” protagonist Princess Inyang Okokon states in the film. She is a social worker with a mission: to save the women who are forced prostitutes in Europe, but also to offer young women in Nigeria an alternative to emigrating to Europe. Princess knows that the European demand for prostitutes is increasing – just like poverty in Nigeria.

Behind Nigerian forced prostitution are female human traffickers, so-called madames, while members of Nigerian “brotherhoods” in Europe are mainly involved in the drug trade. “They dominate the market with extremely low prices,” says Lina Trovato, an anti-Mafia prosecutor. She not only investigates the organisation of the brotherhoods, but also painstakingly tracks the movements of their revenues. Our camera is allowed to accompany her on her investigations.

Lina Trovato’s work on the route of forced prostitutes to and within Europe connects her with Colin Nierenz, an investigator from the “Aid” commission of investigation in Duisburg. His team are on the trail of a madam who forced young Nigerian women into prostitution.

Written & Directed by: Chiara Sambuchi

Directors of Photography: Paolo Pisacane, Till Vielrose
Editors: Simone Veneroso, Gabriele Biasizzo
Composer: Pietro Santangelo
Creative Producer: Arndt Fehl

Original Sound: Jule Buerjes, Francesco Guarnaccia, Sven Klöpper, Fabio Russo
Legal Consultant: Dr. Ralph Graef

Production Managers: Nele Huff, Izzy Hughes-Morgan
Line Producer: Ko Miklik

Executive Producer: Antje Boehmert

Commissioning Editors: Simone ReuterBernd SeidlDr. Gudrun Hanke-El Ghomri

Produced by DOCDAYS Productions in co-production with SWR in collaboration with arte.
International Distribution by: New Docs

Length: 88:30 Min
Year of Production: 2022