Police bust voodoo sex slave ring

Spanish police on Tuesday cracked down on a Málaga prostitution ring which used voodoo to intimidate Nigerian women into becoming sex slaves.

Police bust voodoo sex slave ring
The women were forced to eat a raw chicken heart as part of the ritual. Photo: Salim Fayad
The criminal gang took on women from the impoverished African country by promising them a better life in Spain.
Before flying them to Europe, they forced each woman to swear their loyalty to the gang by having them eat a raw chicken heart during a witchcraft ceremony.
Police investigations, which began last October, have led to the crackdown of the criminal gang made up of four Spanish and 14 Nigerian suspects — all residents in Spain.
According to a police statement released on Tuesday, the group also had criminal associates in Nigeria who picked out the most vulnerable victims and organized their journeys to Spain.
The women would from then on be in debt for the travel costs and work-related paperwork the gang had supposedly paid for.
Debts usually ranging from €40,000 to €60,000 would mean the women were forced  into prostitution in several industrial estates across Málaga from the moment they arrived.
Spanish police said voodoo rituals were the most effective means to control the victims and force them into a life of prostitution.
The police added that the victim's beliefs in voodoo were so strong they feared they would go mad or die if they didn't pay off the debt. 

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Spain’s Civil Guard police officers allowed to have visible tattoos

Spain on Monday relaxed its policy banning officers from the country's oldest police force, the Guardia Civil, from exhibiting tattoos.

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The increasing popularity of tattoos has led police forces around the world to regulate their use. Photo: Rafa Rivas/AFP

Officers will now be allowed to display tattoos anywhere on their bodies “as long as they do not contain expressions that violate constitutional values or harm the discipline or image of the force,” the interior minister said in a statement.

“For the first time visible tattoos will be allowed on uniformed officers,” it added.

On the other hand, the decree prohibits hoop earrings, spikes, plugs and other inserts when they are visible in uniform, “except regular earrings, for both male and female personnel”.

The Guardia Civil mainly patrols and investigates crimes in rural areas, while Spain’s National Police focuses on urban areas.

Last year Spain’s leftist government appointed a woman to head the force for the first time in its 177-year history.

The increasing popularity of tattoos has led police forces around the world to regulate their use.

Los Angeles police are required to ensure that tattoos are not visible to the public while on-duty, while France’s Gendarmes police force also requires that they be covered.