Italy po­lice bust Nige­rian sex ring

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VAT­I­CAN CITY — Po­lice in Italy have ar­rested 11 Nige­ri­ans for al­legedly traf­fick­ing young women and girls from Nige­ria to ex­ploit them as sex slaves.

Po­lice Of­fi­cer An­to­nio Sal­vago in the south­ern Ital­ian city of Cata­nia said Mon­day that the vic­tims un­der­went a voodoo rite to bind them to their debts after they promised to pay up to €40 000 for a jour­ney they thought would bring them to a bet­ter life in Europe.

Sal­vago says the rite made them obey their smug­glers and pimps.

The vic­tims, all un­der age 25 and some as young as 16, trav­elled through Libya be­fore cross­ing the Mediter­ranean by boat with thou­sands of other migrants.

Cata­nia Chief Pros­e­cu­tor Carmelo Zuc­caro says the in­ves­ti­ga­tion shows that il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion breeds more se­ri­ous crimes of ex­ploita­tion and forced pros­ti­tu­tion. — AP.

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