Red carpet premiere for “Il Traditore” (The Traitor) in Cannes

Veteran Italian auteur Marco Bellocchio and his cast walk the red carpet in Cannes for the premiere of “Il Traditore” (The Traitor), a biopic of the first high-ranking member of Cosa Nostra to break the Sicilian Mafia’s oath of silence, starring Brazilian actress and model Maria Fernanda Candido. IMAGES

The Mafia And A Nigerian Gang Are Targeting Refugees In Sicily (HBO)

They’ve fled violence, poverty, and terrorism – and made the often perilous journey across the Mediterranean from Africa and the Middle East. But for the more than 100,000 migrants who’ve arrived in Italy so far this year, the life that awaits them can be almost as dangerous as the one they left behind.

This is particularly true for economic migrants, who don’t have the same legal status as refugees, and aren’t given the same work permits or financial aid to help them survive. Barred from the legal workforce, and with few financial options, many are targeted by criminal gangs — supported by the Italian mafia — and thrust into a life of sex slavery and drug trafficking.

That’s what VICE News discovered after visiting Ballarò, a small market area, and traditional mafia stronghold near Palermo, Sicily, where the infamous Cosa Nostra mafia syndicate continues to wield power.

VICE News went to Sicily, to hear from migrants who’ve been caught in the crosshairs.

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Mafia Targets Migrants & Iran Nuclear Deal: VICE News Tonight Full Episode (HBO)

VICE News examines the tensions rising between the Black Axe and Sicily’s Cosa Nostra, as the Nigerian criminal gang infiltrates the island.

VICE News speaks with Sen. Ben Cardin about the Iran Nuclear Deal, it’s future under the Trump administration, and how congress may respond if deciding what to do becomes their decision.

The correlation between race and mental ability was popularized in the late 1990s by Charles Murray, a political scientist who spoke at the University of Michigan Wednesday night. VICE News was on the ground and met those who supported and protested the event.

Plus, Ai Wei Wei’s largest public exhibition opens in New York.

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