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Spanish police break up voodoo sex ring

March 19, 2013 at 11:04 AM

MALAGA, Spain, March 19 (UPI) -- Police in Spain broke up a prostitution ring Tuesday in Malaga that used voodoo to intimidate Nigerian women into becoming sex slaves, officials said.

Officials said a months-long investigation into the ring led to the arrests of four Spanish and 14 Nigerian suspects, the Spanish version of The Local reported.

The police said in a statement the organization also had associates in Nigeria who selected those they considered vulnerable.

Police said the gang lured Nigerian women by promising them a better life in Spain. Before flying them to Europe, the gang members allegedly forced the women to swear their loyalty by having them eat a raw chicken heart during a witchcraft ceremony, The Local said.

The women would be in debt for the travel costs and work-related paperwork the gang supposedly underwritten, The Local said.

Debts ranged from about $52,000 to $77,000, police said, meaning the women entered prostitution in several industrial estates as soon as they arrived in Malaga, the capital of Malaga province in Spain's Autonomous Community of Andalusia.

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