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Nigerian Woman Smuggled to UK to Work as Sex Slave & Threatened with “Juju” Curse

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Johnson Olayinka and Florence Obadiaru

Florence Obadiaru & Johnson Olayinka

A 23-year-old Nigerian woman from a village near Benin City thought she was being given an opportunity to get an education and a job in the UK. However, her dreams were dashed when she found out she was taken to a foreign land to become a sex slave.

Her family had struggled financially ever since her father died in 2008, but it was her dream to become a nurse.

In February 2011, a woman from her village named, Beneditta offered to help her pursue this dream by sending her to England to attend school and secure a job.

She was informed that the cost of travelling, relocation, education, and finding employment for her would be £40,000 – which she would have to repay to the organisers.

Because life had been challenging for her and her family since the death of her father, she was eager to take advantage of what seemed like a golden opportunity. Also, she reportedly had no idea what the Naira equivalent of £40,000 was, and didn’t think it would be a big deal to pay back the “loan.”

Before departing from Nigeria, she was allegedly raped by one of the “organisers” of the trip and forced to undergo a black magic ‘juju’ death ritual to prevent her from running away.

Three members of an international prostitution ring: Olusoji Oluwafemi, 44, Johnson Olayinka, 45, and Florence Obadiaru, 48, are the alleged culprits. Today, they were convicted of trafficking the woman into the UK for sexual exploitation and arranging for her transfer to Italy, Daily Mail reports.

The gang reportedly fooled the victim into flying to Heathrow Airport on a fake passport. However, their plan to sell her into sex slavery in Italy began to unravel when Italian authorities spotted her forged ID and sent her back to the UK.

After immigration officials detained her, she narrated her ordeal to them, leading to the arrest of the three aforementioned individuals.

It is believed the woman is just one of many victims of the group, based in Africa, that trafficks young women through England to work as prostitutes in mainland Europe.

The judge presiding over the case stated that custody is inevitable for the culprits. Sentencing has been adjourned until July 11th.

Photo Credit: Daily Mail/Central News

16 Comments

  1. SOLO ACT

    June 15, 2014 at 12:27 am

    wow i never knew benin girls were still being trafficked. since i was in primary school i have been hearing tales about them. this has to STOP!

  2. sam

    June 15, 2014 at 1:19 am

    This is shocking

  3. Wifey

    June 15, 2014 at 4:11 am

    I’m surprised that this woman was fooled so easily.

    • goldfinch

      June 15, 2014 at 11:08 am

      It’s possible. These traffickers are now using the London route to lure innocent girls. Anybody that hears Italy now knows for sure that it is for prostitution. In this case, in order not to arouse suspicion, the kidnappers opted for the London route with Italy as their final destination. I think this was why the girl fell for it.

  4. chica

    June 15, 2014 at 7:02 am

    I dnt belive d victim sha,they are usually aware that they are goin to prostitute abroad…shey na benin gurls? She’s aware jor!!!

    • goldfinch

      June 15, 2014 at 3:21 pm

      Actually you may be right. I have also heard that in some cases, the ‘victims’ and their families do know that the job awaiting them is prostitution and they willingly and happily go for it.

  5. Lola

    June 15, 2014 at 7:45 am

    This happens all the time and it is the same old story . I just do t understand why awareness hasn’t been raised , something needs to be done about the awareness of these crimes . This is why we need a better immigration system which works with the police and woman rehabilitation centres . That woman in Benin that introduced her to the traffickers needs to be arrested and sent to rot in jail bloody basrards .

    • Lindsey

      June 15, 2014 at 3:31 pm

      Abeg…you are assuming these “victims” are innocent. They only become victims when there is no cash flow and their pimps start stressing them to repayment. If this chic had entered Italy and joined the prostitution ring, heck nah she would have turned ‘big girl’ doing big things from Europe. I’m sure here village stalked and begged madam Florence to please assist Poor benneditta however means possible

  6. moi

    June 15, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Nigerians will always do anything for money.

  7. Mango

    June 15, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Some of these girls lie to get papers,thats why you should be careful who you help trust me, their lawyers will tell them to say all sorts so they will be granted under human right.

  8. Marvel

    June 16, 2014 at 3:46 am

    I trust God that none of you make judges. You know sooo much that is why girls are being abused sexually now more than ever, with or without awareness. Whether she knew or not, does it make it right? If you are cash strapped, does it make it right that I come asking your daughter to sell sex home or abroad? You will make mothers one day.

    • ada1

      June 16, 2014 at 2:15 pm

      very good point!

  9. tunmi

    June 16, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Either way, we need to do something to curb this. Whether we create more jobs at home or have stricter immigration policies or have more awareness…if it’s not brain drain, na other kin drain

  10. humm

    July 13, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    The Florence woman sure looks like a business woman. (sic)

  11. chichi hamburg

    July 13, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    What will it profit a man if you gain the whole world and losses your soul.

  12. mingy

    August 12, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Can you see how harmless and innocent they both look?
    Nigerians will be back home admiring, wishing and even getting jealous when you have no idea of their lifestyles and source of income. smh

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