39 Nigerians Caught in sex trafficking ring rescued in Spain


No fewer than 39 Nigerians, who were ferried abroad and forced into prostitution in Spain have been rescued by a joint operation carried out by NCA, Spanish law enforcement and the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) , the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) has said.
The sex trafficking ring, reportedly coordinated by some Nigerians with the notorious ‘Eiye’ Confraternity link, housed the ladies in “cave-like houses”.
The victims many of whom were said to be under 18 as part of the requirement before they could be moved abroad had to undergo ‘voodoo-juju’ rituals in Nigeria by the traffickers.
“They were then moved by boat to Libya and Italy, before arriving in Spain,” the NCA said in a statement on its website.
“The women were forced to live in cave-like houses (below right), in unsafe and unsanitary conditions, unable to leave and sexually exploited for the sole purpose of financial gain for the gang leaders, with all money eventually ending up in their hands in Nigeria.”
The NCA further said a total of 89 people – including the leader of the gang – were nabbed in the bust. Following this breakthrough, 43 of them has been remanded in prison.
Among them is a Nigerian Madame living in Middleton, Greater Manchester, believed to be controlling some of the victims in Spain, and paying money to the OCG back in Nigeria.
Tom Dowdall, deputy director, modern slavery and human trafficking threat of the NCA, was quoted to have described the sex trafficking as a “complex and extensive operation with deep-rooted organisation both in Nigeria and Spain.
“Eiye Confraternity was a highly organised crime gang, exploiting young woman for lengthy periods of time, keeping them in horrendous conditions where they knew there would be no escape.
“The NCA’s international reach was crucial to this success, and we will continue to work with agencies in Nigeria and Spain to bring those responsible through the court system”.

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