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Human trafficking: Witchcraft 'powerful means of control'

The case of two Nigerian women being trafficked into the UK was a serious one, Steve Chapman, the anti-slavery coordinator for the Welsh government has said.

Lizzy Idahosa, 24, had arranged for the two women to be put through 'witchcraft' ordeals to make them afraid of disobeying her, Cardiff Crown Court heard.

She was found guilty of trafficking women to and around the UK, along with inciting prostitution and money laundering.

"These poor unfortunate women were vulnerable and were led to believe through juju their lives were controlled and they were frightened because something could happen to them," said Mr Chapman.

"People may see them out in public but they're being controlled. But using witchcraft is a very powerful means of controlling a person."

  • 14 Oct 2014
  • From the section Wales