|Busted: Voodoo prostitution ring where pimps used black magic rituals to force women to force Nigerian women into becoming sex workers has been smashed in Spain (file picture of an unconnected voodoo ritual)|
A sex trafficking ring which used voodoo rituals – including animal sacrifice – to force Nigerian women into prostitution has been smashed in Spain. Six traffickers were arrested and four of the victims freed, police said. The women, who came to Europe on dangerous, makeshift boats, were recruited in Nigeria, where they were enticed with false promises of employment.
|Seedy operation dismantled: Six traffickers were arrested and four of the victims freed (file picture)|
They used the women's nail clippings and locks of hair to convince them that they had been placed under a spell 'so they would do everything asked of them, under the threat of death to them or their family', according to police. The women had travelled across northern Africa to get to Spain illegally, making the arduous journey on foot and then by boat.
But after arriving, they were swept into the sex trafficking world and threatened with voodoo from Nigeria. 'Women take on a debt up to €50,000 ($56,000), and swear obedience to a "madam" and traffickers,' police said.