“We heard about Spain from the TV, and now we’re in the capital!” – meeting the Romanian homeless of Madrid

While grand residential projects help regenerate the outer centre of the Spanish capital’s district of Delicias, Romanian beggars build shanty-huts in the dirt – a short report written with Vlad Odobescu for The Black Sea     Delicias. In English this means ‘Delights’. A district in outer central Madrid. A warm Wednesday. Huge new apartment complexes […]

The End of the Line

How kids from Romania were sexually abused by the Italian elite at Rome’s Termini station Text by Michael Bird, Cecilia Ferrara and Vlad Odobescu, published here in The Black Sea Illustrations by Sorina Vazelina   Over 100,000 passengers pass through Rome’s Termini station every day. Its 33 platforms host high-speed trains that span Europe and […]

Checking in to Europe’s largest illegal drugs supermarket

With the help of a priest, we search for a new class of east European addicts who steal for heroin in Madrid’s Cañada Real by Michael Bird, Vlad Odobescu and Feliciano Tisera. Illustrations by Sorina Vazelina. Published in The Black Sea   Madrid’s underground station of Embajadores is a crowded junction with a fountain gushing […]

“Many girls thought it would be a game where they make love to one man and then another”

We shadow Romanian outreach worker Carmen Farauanu as she helps the international streetwalkers of Naples Text by Michael Bird, Vlad Odobescu and Cecilia Ferrara. Illustration by Sorina Vazelina Published here on The Black Sea   Near the Garibaldi station in Naples, on the Via Galileo Ferraris, is a church with a cross illuminated in bright […]

“It’s so painful to realise we are victims”

Women trafficked from Romania to Spain for sex reveal the path from tragedy to recovery. Published here on The Black Sea Text by Feliciano Tisera, Vlad Odobescu and Michael Bird Illustrations by Sorina Vazelina “When they start to rape you, you stay quiet, as you don’t want to be killed. You stay completely paralyzed by fear, […]