👤 By Christian Smith
A nurse who ran a network involved in trafficking young women from Nigeria to Europe for sexual exploitation has been found guilty
Josephine Iyamu, 51, who worked as an agency nurse in southeast London, “had a network of people who assisted her with trafficking the women from Nigeria overland to Libya – across the Mediterranean Sea to Italy and from Italy up and into Germany,” the court heard.
Mrs Iyamu is said to have used “vodoo” rituals to control the women she trafficked.
Jurors were told that the victims who were trafficked to Germany, were asked to pay thousands to Mrs Iyamu, who was first arrested by the National Crime Agency officers in September 6, 2017.
Simon Davis told jurors at the Birmingham crown court, Mrs Iyamu “was there on the mobile phone along the way but her real role was at the end of their journey – when it came to getting money from the women and making a profit out of their exploitation.
“The debts incurred by the women were enforced through fear. Each of the women were put through what is known to some as a voodoo ceremony.
“Iyamu and others involved with her were willing to put these women at risk of serious injury and or death as they made their journey from Nigeria to Europe.”
Mrs Iyamu, who was born in Liberia, was convicted of five charges at the Birmingham crown court after a 10-week trial.
The 53-year-old, the first to be convicted under new modern slavery laws which was passed in 2015 is due to be sentenced on 4 July.
Mr Efe Ali-Imaghor, the husband of the convict was acquitted.