Satanic voodoo ritual used in sex exploitation
A London based nurse has been convicted under a new ‘modern slavery’ law for using a satanic voodoo ritual in order to force Nigerian women into sex trafficking.
Josephine Iyamu, had forced five Nigerian women to travel from Germany to start working as prostitutes a court heard.
lyamu sent the women through h Libya, Italy and eventually to Germany were they were forced into sex industry to work as prostitutes.
She also made the women hand over money “juju” voodoo ceremonies were they were asked to drink blood containing worms eat chicken hearts and had powder rubbed into their cuts according to the BBC.
One woman was ordered to pay $43,123 to be trafficked for prostitution.
Iyamu was convicted of five counts of facilitating travel across the Mediterranean in order to sexually exploit the women following a 10-week trial at the Birmingham Crown Court.
She was later convicted of perverting the course of justice by arranging for the relatives of the women to be arrested in Nigeria. Iyamu will be sentenced on Thursday.
According to the IBtimes: With this, Iyamu becomes the first person to be convicted under Modern Slavery Act, which consolidates offenses relating to trafficking and slavery, and was passed in 2015.
U.K.’s National Crime Agency (NCA) found that Iyamo spent thousands on international air travel and owned a large house in Nigeria.
“Josephine Iyamu had a network of people who assisted her with trafficking the women from Nigeria overland to Libya – across the Mediterranean Sea to Italy and from Italy up and into Germany,” Simon Davis, the prosecutor told jurors.
“She was there on the mobile phone along the way but her real role was at the end of their journey – when it came to getting money from the women and making a profit out of their exploitation.”
Josephine Iyamu made her victims to swear oaths of loyalty to her on pain of death and forced them to eat chicken hearts and drink blood containing worms during “juju” ceremonies. https://t.co/Y5OVQ5Q25v
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“The debts incurred by the women were enforced through fear. Each of the women was put through what is known to some as a voodoo ceremony,” he said, adding that Iyamu gained psychological control over the women through voodoo because of which they were scared to challenge her, the Telegraph reported.
“Iyamu and others involved with her were willing to put these women at risk of serious injury and or death as they made their journey from Nigeria to Europe,” he said.
Kay Mellor, NCA operations manager, said Iyamu used her status as a rich, powerful and influential lady to intimidate the Nigerian women and sent them via dangerous routes to Germany without any concern for their safety.
A nurse who used voodoo rituals to traffic five Nigerian women to Germany to work as prostitutes has become the first person to be convicted under new modern slavery laws.
“To her, these women were not human beings seeking a better life. They were merely a commodity which she could exploit to generate income for herself,” Mellor said, adding that she forced them to work in brothels to fund her own lifestyle.
Mellor also said that she salutes the bravery of the five women who came forward and recounted the abuse they suffered.
“Thanks to them, Iyamu will no longer pose a threat to others,” Mellor said.