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Nigerian Woman Arrested In Italy For Allegedly Forcing Young Women And Girls Into Pr*stitution By Threatening Them With 'Juju'

Posted by Samuel on Sun 19th Feb, 2023 -

The suspect, who is in pre-trial custody, allegedly organized a pr*stitution ring, recruiting young women in Nigeria and forcing them to work.


A Nigerian woman has been arrested by the police in Italy for allegedly forcing young women and girls who arrive from Nigeria, into pr*stitution by using voodoo locally known as ‘juju,’ to threaten them.

The suspect who is believed to be the ‘Madame’ of a s3x trafficking ring was arrested in the Puglia province of Foggia on Tuesday, police confirmed in a statement on Friday, February 17, 2023.

Flying squad police in the Sicilian city of Siracusa, in collaboration with police in Foggia, have carried out an operation to arrest a Nigerian woman living in Foggia.

The arrest warrant was issued by a preliminary investigations judge (GIP) on February 8 in Catania, Sicily.

The suspect, who is in pre-trial custody, allegedly organized a pr*stitution ring, recruiting young women in Nigeria and forcing them to work as pr*stitutes in Italy, according to investigators.

According to the police, the young women and girls were forced into pr*stitution using deceit and voodoo rituals, with death threats against the victims and their families.

The suspect allegedly convinced the victims to flee detention scenters after their arrival in Italy and to work for her by intimidating them through juju rites (also known as voodoo rites).

The Nigerian citizen faces charges including human trafficking, enslavement, aggravated by the fact that some of her alleged victims were minors, as well as threatening their lives and physical integrity by inducing them to travel from Nigeria to Italy through a perilous Mediterranean crossing, under the control of criminals who abused them, investigative sources said.

She is also accused of contributing to commit a crime organized by a transnational organized criminal group, aiding and abetting illegal immigration, sex trafficking and money laundering.

The investigation, coordinated by DDA anti-mafia investigators in Catania, started after a young Nigerian woman landed at the commercial port of Augusta (Sicily) in July 2016 and told authorities that she had travelled by bus from Nigeria to Libya and then crossed the Mediterranean to reach Italy by taking on a debt of 30,000 in "travel expenses".

During her period of "detention" in Libya, the woman said she had learned that she would be forced to work as a pr*stitute in and that she had been physically and mentally abused by the men watching her.

After her arrival in Italy, she asked police for help, investigative sources said.


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