A Nigerian DJ (name withheld) has been arrested alongside 88 people in connection with a sex trafficking ring as police rescue 39 Nigerian girls from sexual exploits in Spain.
Europol announced that the Spanish police rescued the Nigerian girls and women from the notorious sex trafficking ring who kept them (the girls) in cave-like houses and forced them into prostitution.
Europol said the Nigerian DJ had helped transfer the victims to Spain and “organize sexual exploitation” in several provinces.
The girls and women, who were forced into prostitution in Spain were also threatened with black magic by the members of sex trafficking ring.
The rescue operation that saved the 39 girls and women were carried out in connection with the British and Nigerian law enforcement agencies.
The Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) said many of the rescued victims were under the age of 18.
The NCA also said the victims were believed to have undergone ritual process in Nigeria and were forced to comply with orders of the members of the sex trafficking ring.
The victims were trafficked to Spain through the Libyan and Italian borders and were kept in cave houses in the southeastern city of Almeria.
The NCA further said the girls and women, who were used for prostitution were forced to pay off the “debts” incurred by the sex trafficking ring for their journey to Europe.
Each girl or woman is expected to pay the debt of 30,000 euros ($36,900).
“(This) was a highly organized 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 deputy director Tom Dowdall said in a statement.
Connection with Nigerian confraternity
The Europol has linked the busted Nigerian crime ring to the Eiye Confraternity.
Europol said Eiye operated in clandestine groups all over the world, funding the brotherhood in Nigeria through both legal and illicit activities, particularly through human trafficking.
According to Europol, bank accounts used by the network to launder more than 300,000 euros had been blocked while raids were carried out across 11 Spanish cities in November 2017.
In the same vein, the NCA in Britain said a Nigerian woman in Manchester, who is believed to be controlling some of the victims in Spain, has been arrested by the police in 2018.