Spanish police arrest Voodoo extortion gang

via Guardian UK

MADRID (AP) — Ringleaders of a human trafficking ring that brought Nigerian women to Spain and forced them into prostitution by threatening them with Voodoo curses were brought before a judge on Saturday. voodoo19

Many of the 23 suspects were charged with human trafficking and extortion at the court in the southwestern city of Huelva, police said.

The arrests occurred during nationwide raids that began Thursday and were continuing, police said.

The crackdown was triggered by a woman who told police in February of the gang’s intimidation tactics.

The gang tempted young Nigerian women to travel to Europe with promises of prosperity and later extorted money and controlled them through intimidation, police said in a statement.

The victims, aged 25 to 35, were forced to pay large sums of money to the gang members, who told the women they would go mad or have their souls destroyed if they disobeyed orders given during Voodoo rituals that were held in Nigeria involving pieces of their fingernails or hair.

Voodoo is a religion practiced primarily in Haiti and parts of Africa.

Sound Off!!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s