Dutch voodoo prostitution case - 4 jailed

2011-08-16 22:21

The Hague - A Dutch court on Tuesday sentenced a Nigerian-born man accused of leading an international prostitution ring which used voodoo to threaten victims to seven years in jail.

Three accomplices were also sentenced to between six months and four years by the court in the northeastern city of Zwolle for their part in luring at least 14 young Nigerian girls to the Netherlands and forcing them into the sex trade.

"The court sentenced the four accused to between seven years and six months for human trafficking," a court statement said.

Court documents told how the accused, whose name was given as Peter Kwame S, 42, lured underage Nigerian girls to the Netherlands by promising them legal work in a shop "where they could earn good money".

It said at least two victims were "subjected to voodoo rituals in Nigeria to make them swear an oath that they would not go to the police... and to pay back their 'madams' about €60,000 in cash."

If the victims didn't pay, they were told their "bodies would be brought back to Nigeria in a coffin," court documents said.

Once in the Netherlands the girls, one as young as 17, were forced to become prostitutes and even travelled to other countries including Italy and Norway, where they were forced to "perform sexual acts with or before a third party in return for money".

The victims had to pay part of their income to the accused, documents said.

If they didn't pay, they "were being threatened by being reminded of [the consequences of not adhering to] the voodoo oath."

At least 12 other young girls were also lured to the Netherlands and forced to become prostitutes, the court documents said.

The three other accused were identified as Anthony B, 35, born in Sierre-Leone, who was sentenced to four years, Nigerian-born Doris A, 39, sentenced to two years and Kenneth Ajibayo O, who was given six months.

  • JMan - 2011-08-17 08:55

    6 months? 7 years? for Human trafficking? Wow... we get 20 years for stealing a cow in Namibia.

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-17 09:15

      This is Holland we're talking about... you can commit mass murder and never get more than 20 years by law. The punishment up there is very lax :-(

      lekiki - 2011-08-17 10:07

      @ matt - please note that the crimes commited in Holland compared to SA are very different, therefore they dont have harsher punischments as there is no need for it. I was born there and grew up there and yes there is crime but not violent crimes NL.

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-17 11:22

      @ lekiki - ik ook, 14 jaar lang... ever been to the bad part of Amsterdam, where the criminals all have guns? Or on a train, where conductors were often assaulted by passengers? Generally the crimes ARE less violent, but honestly, the place has the same trend as other countries where citizens can't have protection but the cops + criminals do. And if you experience crime, you only go to the cops to report it for insurance purposes - theft is HIGH and action against it is LOW...

  • esther - 2011-08-17 09:17

    dutch law and the courts are laughable they hardly ever really punish people the right way. not to long ago a person killed 4 he only got 3 years. people who molest kids get 18 months and therapy. most of the time the time they were in prison before the case got to court gets taken off their sentence! so yeah this sounds like a real dutch sentencing.

      Will2.0 - 2011-08-17 09:41

      Yet they have a lower crime rate than most countries you'd care to mention with "proper" punishment. And splif is legal. Netherlands FTW!

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-17 09:53

      @ Esther - my Biology teacher, later headmaster, was done for molesting teeange female pupils. He lost his job, but all that happened legally was a small fine and a suspended sentence - for repeated molestation... that's Holland for you! And when you see a Dutch prison... they're better than some holiday resorts!!! But hey... what do you expect from a place where basically they legalise half the crime and then say "we have low crime rates"...

      daaivark - 2011-08-17 09:58

      So you know "the right way" to inflict punishment? Bully for you. You and Matt can set up your own little concentration camp someplace.

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-17 11:26

      @ Daaivark - oh, so in the example I gave, would you call a small fine + suspended sentence a just punishment for repeated molestation of minors? Bud... if you're going to comment on Holland, at least go live there or even visit, just for a wee while... this is a country where an armed robber was reimbursed the money he spent on a gun for the robbery because it's a "tool for the trade"... it's not all "klompen en jonkvrouwen" you know :-)

  • esther - 2011-08-17 11:14

    @Matt and WILL2 yup lowest crime rates well that's in the past now. i have never heard or read about so many shootings and molestations and so on as i hear now. and your right they have legalized tons of things. prisons here are laughable indeed. lowest crime rates my behind! the police do nothing about burglary they can not catch 3 quarters of the robbers and other criminals. they are incompetent and unfortunately so is this governement. mind you they think it is important to speak about releasing birds instead of actually working on improving life for the people living in holland.

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-17 11:23

      You're up there? Whereabouts? I've been all over :-) Culemborg, Veenendaal, Utrecht, Zeist, Emmen, Benschop, Harlingen...

      Matt :-) - 2011-08-17 11:29

      @ Esther - is it still the case that due to legal loopholes, an adult can have relations with a 12-year-old child without getting prosecuted? I sure hope not, but that WAS the case for sure. I won't divulge how, lest anyone gets any sick ideas...

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