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Madam uses 'voodoo' to exploit prostitutes

The Local · 9 Sep 2010, 14:18

Published: 09 Sep 2010 14:18 GMT+02:00

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German authorities were first alerted to the exploitation in the winter of 2009 when they arrested 20-year-old prostitute during a routine check at a Bonn bordello for having false identification.

She told officers that her "madam" had forced her into selling sex, handing over all of her earnings and not informing police using “voodoo magic” from the victim’s native country.

“Should she fail to adhere to this, she was threatened with sickness, madness and even death,” police said in a statement.

The madam reportedly used “voodoo packets,” which contained items such as finger nails, body hair, clothing and photos.

“The victims believe that the person who possesses these packets exercises power over them,” the police statement said.

Based on this report, police in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia began a wider investigation, uncovering a network of smugglers, human traffickers and money launderers. Officers searched apartments in Berlin, Oberhausen, Duisburg, Essen and Hamburg, the statement said.

The voodoo madam was arrested this May in Koblenz and remains imprisoned on remand, while a second woman was arrested in Hamburg on similar charges.

The cases led to further investigations of human trafficking, money laundering, and violations of immigration laws.

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Since then the police have concluded their investigation of the madam and the state prosecutor’s office has pressed charges.

“She will answer for herself before a court soon,” the police statement said.

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17:26 September 9, 2010 by twizzer
.... what a primitive way of life some people still live with and belief in. I still remember some four or five years back there was yet another voodoo story in the UK surrounding a group of nigerians who were said to be involved in human trafficking and were found to be bringing children from some west african countries with false passports and later killing them in the UK for voodoo purposes. What a barbaric act..... such people should be strictly dealt with. I believe nowadays we live in a free modern world, not like in the old medivial times. Such idiots don't even belong here in Europe........
21:15 September 9, 2010 by Alofat
@twizzer: And where is the difference between them and the Jesus crowd back here?
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