- The police in Italy have reportedly arrested and detained 10 Nigerians over alleged human trafficking
- The suspects reportedly made their victims to as much as $28,000 each for their trip from Nigeria to Italy via Libya and the Mediterranean Sea
- According to the police, the suspects are facing possible charges of criminal association with the aim of trafficking, aiding and abetting illegal immigration and exploitation by prostitution
Ten Nigerians have reportedly been detained in Italy over alleged human trafficking, Daily Mail has reported.
According to the online news media, the Nigerians were detained by the Italian police after being accused of running a human trafficking ring that allegedly used voodoo rituals and promises of jobs to lure migrants to Italy, where they were put to work as prostitutes.
Legit.ng gathers that some victims of the traffickers were made to pay as much as $28,000 (N10,851,400) each for their trip from Nigeria to Libya and then across the Mediterranean Sea to Italy.
The victims were, before leaving Nigeria, subject to a ritual that involved taking an oath to not speak out or flee, and to pay back the cost of getting to Europe, the police in Catania, Sicily, reportedly said in a statement.
The police said they identified 20 victims of the ring, which had divisions in Nigeria, Libya, Italy and other European countries.
The suspects include five men and five women, with four more people sought. They are facing possible charges of criminal association with the aim of trafficking, aiding and abetting illegal immigration and exploitation by prostitution.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a 23-year old Nigerian single mother, Omolola Ajayi, who was trafficked to Lebanon had been rescued by the Nigerian government.
This was revealed by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) via its social media pages. Ms Ajayi had cried out for help via a viral video that got the attention of the Nigerian government.
In the video, she claimed that she was sold into slavery in Lebanon and called for help.
NIDCOM boss, Abike Dabiri-Erewa and Kwara state governor, Abdulrazaq Abdulrahman promptly intervened in the situation.
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