A Kent man has been found guilty of seven charges relating to the human trafficking of three young Nigerian girls.
42 year old Osezua Osolasewas convicted by a jury at Canterbury Crown Court, following a six week trial. The three girls were all trafficked out of the country and into Europe for prostitution.
The court heard that all three victims were subjected to juju rituals, a traditional belief used in West Africa that objects and creatures can have power invested in them, meaning they can then be used for harm or to help people.
Juju was used to ensure that the girls would do what they were told, would not run away and would never reveal what really happened to them, for fear of death or serious harm.
At the time of his arrest, Osolase was living at an address in Northfleet. The trial heard that the three girls, who all gave evidence, were not the only ones who appear to have been trafficked out of Europe.
Information provided by airlines showed that Osolase travelled to and from Europe on a regular basis.
Osolase was found guilty of one charge of rape, two charges of trafficking the girls into the UK for sexual exploitation and three similar charges of trafficking them out of the UK for the same reason and one charge of sexual activity with a child.