Wealth should have felt liberated. Still, Okoduwa is not convinced that trafficking will stop entirely. As head of the year-old Kingdom of Benin, Ewuare II—who was crowned the new Oba in fall —wields absolute power over the deities and priests who practice juju today. I'm a good cook. But just last month, the bodies of 26 Nigerian women were recovered from the Mediterranean in a single day, bringing this year's total number of migrant deaths in that sea to at least 3, A woman came as a babysitter. It was in the bush," Precious told The Associated Press recently, her face hidden to hide her identity. That winter afternoon, as she dusted the last few crumbs of chocolate from her hands, the Italian police pulled up and asked to see her documents. She stopped at the local grocery store, where she spent everything she had on chocolate and cakes. Priests are already pleading with families of victims to come to their shrines to collect their bundles of intimate items. But after six months, a year, if nothing happens…. Government figures show 1, trafficked people were rescued and given special protection in , about of them Nigerian women and girls. She gazes out at a listless sky from her seat at a cooperative, New Life, that sells fabrics of tribal design under auspices of the nuns. In love is a big word. But I wanted to pay off the debt. Beauty's one of them.