VOODOO raised its head in Valencia last week when National Police broke up a criminal gang of Nigerians who had been trafficking young girls from that country to work here in forced prostitution.
The girls were enticed from their home country with the usual false promises of work and welfare, but when here in Valencia they were forced to work as prostitutes, with the unusual threats of voodoo rituals and black magic.
The police investigation, which started six months ago, discovered that the young women had been threatened with their souls being destroyed, with madness, as well as physical harm to both them and their families back in Nigeria, and all based on the superstitious beliefs of their homeland.
Quite implausible to the western mind, but real enough to the young women. The police discovered a criminal network exploiting Nigerian youths in Valencia. Five women and two men have been arrested, three of whom are still in prison.
Police reported that once in the “clutches” of the gang, the young girls were subjected to ritualistic ceremonies based on voodoo and black magic, which instilled a fear in the victims. They girls were told they had repay a debt of € 50,000 imposed by the organization for bringing them to Spain, failing which they would be punished.
The police also discovered a minor brought in from Nigeria who was forced into the sex trade.
By Paul Deed