A sex trafficking ring, which uses juju to force Nigerian women into prostitution has been smashed in Spain.
The Daily Mail reported on Tuesday that six traffickers were arrested and four of the victims freed, police said.
The women, the paper reported, were recruited in Nigeria and arrived in Europe on dangerous, makeshift boats.
The women were reportedly enticed with false promises of employment but end up being forced into prostitution once they arrived in places like the Spanish holiday island of Mallorca.
The paper quoted authorities as saying that the traffickers attempted to keep the women submissive by performing ‘tribal rituals’ in Nigeria that sometimes involved ‘animal sacrifice’.
The gang leaders reportedly use the women’s nail clippings and locks of hair to convince them that they had been placed under a spell ‘so they would do everything asked of them, under the threat of death to them or their family’, according to police.
The women had travelled across northern Africa to get to Spain illegally, making the arduous journey on foot and then by boat.
But after arriving, they were swept into the sex trafficking world and threatened with voodoo from Nigeria.
‘Women take on a debt up to €50,000 ($56,000), and swear obedience to a “madam” and traffickers,’ police said.