Josephine Iyamu, formerly of south London, used a witch doctor to convince her victims they were under her control and exploited them to fund a lavish lifestyle including jaunts to Europe and £700 designer shoes.
The 51-year-old was a ringleader of an international human trafficking crime network and lived in a huge mansion in Nigeria complete with a servants quarters.
Iyamu would make the vulnerable women undergo ‘Juju’ ceremonies which would involve them drinking blood containing worms and eating the heart of a chicken.
Iyamu was handed a 14-year jail sentence at Birmingham Crown Court on Wednesday, in the first case of its kind in the UK. Iyamu is the first British national prosecuted for Modern Slavery Act offences after trafficking victims outside the UK.