British Court Sentences Nigerian “Juju” Nurse To 14-Year Imprisonment For Sex Trafficking
A Nigerian-born British nurse, Josephine Iyamu, who was accused of using ‘juju’ to traffic Nigerian prostitutes to Europe, has been given a 14-year jail sentence at Birmingham Crown Court, UK.
Iyamu, formerly of South London, was said to have forced about five women to swear oaths to hand over money to her during “juju” ceremonies and also used a witch doctor to convince her victims they were under her control and exploited them to fund a lavish lifestyle that included trips to Europe and £700 designer shoes.
It was gathered that the 53-year-old woman, known as “Madame Sandra,” was a ringleader of an international human trafficking crime network.
Before she was sentenced, the court heard the women were forced to eat chicken hearts, drink blood containing worms, and have powder rubbed into cuts during the rituals.
During the sentencing, Judge Richard Bond said the 51-year-old had shown “a complete disregard for the welfare of these women”.
BBC quoted the judge as saying that she had exposed them to a “real and significant” risk of death as they travelled across the Mediterranean on inflatable boats.
All five women had be rescued from the boat they were on, before being put into a camp in Italy.
“Trafficking human beings is an ugly offence – it must always be dealt with severely by the courts to deter others from taking part in this vile trade,” he said.
“You showed a complete disregard for the welfare of these women. You saw them not as living, breathing human beings but as commodities to earn you large sums of money.”
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