The Oba of Benin Revokes Juju on Pacts Women Made With Traffickers

The New York Times recently ran a story about the Oba, or spiritual leader of the kingdom of Benin revoking the juju used to seal pacts made by human traffickers and their victims AND putting a curse on any priests who collude with traffickers. YOW! The story starts:

“… Oba Ewuare II, the traditional ruler of the kingdom of Benin, in southern Nigeria, put a voodoo curse on anyone who abets illegal migration within his domain. At the same time, he revoked the curses that leave victims of trafficking afraid that their relatives will die if they go to the police or fail to pay off their debt.

“Before being smuggled into Europe, women and girls in the area, which falls in present-day Edo State, are made to sign a contract with the traffickers who finance their journey, promising to pay them thousands of dollars. The agreement is sealed with a voodoo, or juju, ritual, conducted by a spiritual priest, known here as a native doctor. Pieces of their clothing, fingernails or hair are mixed with drops of their blood into a concoction that the women are made to drink.”

Read the entire story here:

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