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Spanish police say they have broken up a ring that smuggled in women from Nigeria and forced them into street prostitution by burning them with irons and using voodoo rituals.
The gang tortured the women and scared them with curses to force them on to the streets.
Six people, including one woman believed to be a ringleader- were arrested after one of the women alerted authorities.
‘The control exercised over women was total, involving verbal threats as well as physical violence and various voodoo ceremonies to terrorise them,’ police said in a statement.
‘The ring caused them serious injury through bites or by using an iron to cause second-degree burns.’
The ring allegedly recruited women in Benin City, a run-down Nigerian port, reported Sky News.
Most of the women were vulnerable struggling to raise children because their husbands and fathers had died.
The gang transported the women over land to Morocco.
From there they were smuggled them on to small wooden boats and taken into Spain.
They were forced to work as street prostitutes in Barcelona and Malaga.
Spanish police have swooped several times in past years on similar prostitution rings that used the threat of voodoo curses.
Often the victims are taken to shrines ad told to leave items behind – they are told this gives the voodoo pirests power to harm them from afar.
They are instructed they need to pay their debts and forced to join a prostitution ring – the women fear breaking their promise will hold catastrophic consequences for both them and their families.
Sex gangs often use a form of witchcraft or juju to scare their ‘slaves’ into working for them.
Last year, a Nigerian people smuggler who used witchcraft rituals to force children to work as sex slaves was jailed for 20 years in Britain,
Osezua Osolase, 42, tricked poverty-stricken Nigerian orphans into travelling to the UK with the promise of a better life.
But the young victims were raped, sexually abused and subjected to voodoo-style rituals by a child trafficking ring.
Osolase, the linchpin of a multi-million pound global sex trafficking ring, used ‘juju’ magic to control his victims.
He told the teenage girls they would die or never bear children if they tried to escape or revealed what had happened to them.
– Daily Mail