After years of battling to free herself, a Nigerian sex slave ring leader who used juju on her victims has been sentenced to 22 years in jail by a UK court.
According to reports in the UK Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), the 38-year-old Asemota, was declared wanted by the British police two years ago after it was discovered that she was the head of an international sex trade ring who trafficked women and young girls into Europe, where she would make them to swear by a 'Juju' and forced them into prostitution for financial gains.
The UK police had then described Asemota as the leader of a criminal network that trafficked girls and women from Nigeria to Europe, using the threat of 'juju magic' to guarantee their compliance.
While reviewing her case before the sentencing, David Davies, CPS London reviewing lawyer, said:
"This case demonstrates how the CPS will work with partners, in the UK and overseas, in order to tackle the trafficking gangs who make huge profits from human misery.
Franca Asemota played a key role in exploiting the poverty and vulnerability of her victims with the aim of forcing them into prostitution to make money for criminals.
These girls were from poor, rural backgrounds with little education or knowledge of the world. They were targeted because of this and promised legitimate jobs in Europe.
Only when they were far away from their homes were they told the truth - that they would have to work as prostitutes.
The traffickers used alleged juju magic to exert complete control over their victims, using rituals to 'curse' them and ensure their compliance.
The girls were told that if they disobeyed their captors or tried to escape, the curse would cause them injury, infertility or even death."
"Although only five victims have been identified, the evidence showed that she facilitated the trafficking of around 40 people, mainly young girls, between August 2011 and May 2012.
I would like to thank the victims in this case for supporting the prosecution and giving evidence in court. They have been through a traumatic ordeal and their bravery and courage has helped bring Asemota to justice."