Viele Menschen auf einem Markt in Lagos, Nigeria

The Black Axe

The members of the Nigerian mafia call themselves secret brotherhoods. The largest and most dangerous among them is "The Black Axe."

Network with human trafficking and forced prostitution

In a confidential BND report, the agency warns that "Mafia-like groups from Nigeria are spreading in Germany." These are said to be particularly active in human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of young women. The gangs rule over an empire that stretches from the coast of Nigeria to the North Sea. The most important gang comes from the south of Nigeria and has the threatening name "Black Axe". Why is "The Black Axe" so successful? Who are the profiteers behind the unscrupulous business with young African migrants? And how has the group managed, within just a few years, to build up a network that makes millions in profits from human trafficking and forced prostitution?

  • Directors Johan von Mirbach, Jan-Philipp Scholz
  • Collaboration: Nnenna Obibuaku, Roberto Salomone
  • Camera: Joel Benson, Martin Gasch
  • Editing & Graphics: Konstantin Gramalla
  • Production ZDFinfo: Jenny Heininger
  • Editorial Office ZDFinfo: Wolfgang Aull

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