Sex Trafficking of Nigerian Women to Europe by ‘Vodoo’ British nurse

July 2, 2018 | Brainwave Science


Law enforcement accuses Josephine Iyama, a British citizen, of women trafficking from Nigeria for the purpose of sexual exploitation. She is the head of an entire criminal network operating in Europe. This has been reported by BBC NEWS.

Iyamu, 51, formerly of Bermondsey, was convicted of five counts of arranging or facilitating travel for sexual exploitation at Birmingham Crown Court. Jurors also found her guilty of perverting the course of justice. The rituals saw the women forced to eat chicken hearts, drink blood containing worms, and have powder rubbed into cuts, the court heard.

Iyamu is the first person to be convicted under Modern Slavery Act laws passed in 2015, allowing prosecutions of British citizens for overseas sexual trafficking. Prosecutor Simon Davis said by performing rituals Iyamu gained psychological control over the women. The National Crime Agency (NCA) said Iyamu had “enlisted the help of a voodoo priest” to put the women through a “juju” ceremony which was “designed to exert control” over them. The victims and their families were threatened with serious harm if they broke their oath to Iyamu, according to the NCA.

The court heard Iyamu was “willing to put the women at risk of serious injury and or death as they made their journey from Nigeria to Europe”.

They were too afraid to challenge her or fail to pay her back tens of thousands of Euros she charged them to be trafficked into Germany, the court was told.

Opening the case, Mr. Davis said: “The debts incurred by the women were enforced through fear. “Each of the women were put through what is known to some as a voodoo ceremony.”



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Main Source: BBC NEWS

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