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Posted by abeodbart May 31, 2009 at 1:10 pm

The women were recruited in Nigeria with false promises of legal employment and then illegally brought to Spain where they were forced to work as prostitutes, police said in a statement. Police said the ring carried out “voodoo rituals and black magic to frighten the women and keep them always under control with the threat of ‘destroying their souls” or ‘making them crazy’.”

All the money which the women earned was kept by the ring until they had paid off the debt they incurred to make the trip to Spain, which typically amounted to 50,000 euros (£44,000), police said. Police carried out searches of 10 residences as part of their operation and seized material used in voodoo rituals, computer equipment as well as several passports and other documents.

Earlier this month in the Netherlands, the trial of 11 people accused of using voodoo curses to force up to 150 Nigerian girls into prostitution in Europe was adjourned until later this year. Prosecutors alleged that between 140 and 150 Nigerian girls helped into the Netherlands as asylum seekers had disappeared from asylum centres in 2006 and 2007. About a dozen of the girls were traced, while the rest were thought to have been forced into prostitution in Italy, Spain and France. Most were minors at the time, their ages ranging from 16 to 23.

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May 31, 2009 at 1:56 pm
tash says:

hope they get the sentence they deserve. The world is getting a worrying place.

May 31, 2009 at 9:20 pm
Ms G says:

Lots of this stuff going on. It’s depressing, it makes you feel cold on the inside, ruthless towards those who keep misusing others to their own benefit. The scum of the world.

September 23, 2010 at 9:48 pm
nemesis says:

Unfortunately this is not an isolated case. Eastern European criminal networks operating in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Spain, Italy, Russia, the US, Canada and in other locations are exploiting women in systems of prostitution and pornography using the same old threats of “Black magic” and curses. The advent of the internet has allowed such groups to target individuals from all ethnicities and social backgrounds, the only common demographic being that they believe in woo.


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