Britain and Spain are diligently working to bring their citizens some “cultural enrichment” and it’s working:
Police in Britain and Spain have made 12 arrests in an intercontinental prostitution ring where a criminal gang allegedly used “voodoo rituals” to force African women and girls into sex work.
Investigators believe the gang used voodoo rituals against women and girls to coerce them into sex slavery and to “break their will”, the Mirror reports.
As part of the rituals, the women were forced to eat raw chicken hearts and some had their fingernails and pubic hair pulled out, detectives said.
Police say the women were captured in impoverished parts of Nigeria and the voodoo rituals were used to control them, the women fearing that if they did not comply they or their families would be killed.
Some women are believed to have been ‘recruited’ for jobs, to be illegally smuggled into Europe using fake travel documents, but upon arrival in Italy, were sent to Spain and forced into prostitution to pay off their ‘debt’ to the traffickers.
Girls as young as 13 who were told they would be looking after children or working in hairdressers in Europe were forced into sex slavery.
Eleven arrests were made in Alicante, Cantabria, and Vizcaya in Spain, and Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) made another arrest in Manchester.
The NCA confirmed that the arrested woman, a Spanish national, is suspected of being a “key member” of the organised crime group. NCA officers also detained two Nigerian men aged 34 and 39 on suspicion of immigration and drugs offences.
As well as the 11 arrests in Spain, four sex slaves were safeguarded.
Claiming the network had a “strong structure” in Nigeria, Spain, Italy, and the UK, a spokesman for Spain’s national police said: “The [voodoo] rituals were used to guarantee the submission of the victims and thanks to them, the organisation achieved their aim of control with a simple telephone call without the need for madams in the same place the exploited women were.
“The victims committed through the rituals to paying the debt they’d built up with their journey to Spain and promised not to report the people exploiting them to police.
“They were warned that if they did raise the alarm, they and their families in Nigeria would come to great harm.”
In 2017, the NCA warned that modern slavery in the UK is “far more prevalent than previously thought” and is affecting “every large town and city” in the country, with the Metropolitan Police saying that the number of victims of modern slavery was expected to increase by 60 per cent in London.
Sweden, not desiring to be left out of the fun says…”enrich us too please”…
Two migrant women from Nigeria are said to have been forced to perform a “voodoo ritual” by migrant pimps in the Swedish city of Malmö and were told they must pay off their debts through prostitution or risk dying.
The two women, according to Malmö prosecutor Helena Ljunggren, were lured to Sweden by a man and a woman who also come from Nigeria with the promise of jobs. Once the pair arrived in the country, the prosecutor claims they were forced to engage in a bizarre “voodoo ritual” that included eating a raw chicken heart, broadcaster SVT reports.
“It’s about inducing the victim to pay off their debt and it’s a way to keep the victim in control. It is part of their vulnerable position. They are easy to exploit,” Ljunggren said.
Both the man and the woman involved in the trafficking are being charged in court with human trafficking and forced prostitution.
Court documents described what one woman had undergone during the “voodoo ritual” saying: “At the ritual, she was forced to eat a raw chicken heart and was cut over the chest with razor blades, after which the priest rubbed animal blood in the wounds.”
Migrant women, particularly from Africa, being forced into prostitution has also become common following the 2015 migrant crisis in countries like Italy where Nigerian gangs have taken over the entire southern coastal resort town of Castel Volturno.