VIDEO: He used witchcraft to terrify his young victims, and lure them into the sex trade. Today, Oswaya Osallasee from Kent was jailed for 20 years for trafficking, rape, and sex with a child. From Canterbury Crown Court, Derek Johnson reports.
A sex trafficker from Kent who used witchcraft rituals to silence young girls smuggled into Britain to be sold as prostitutes has been jailed for 20 years.
Osezua Osolase, 42, preyed on poverty-stricken Nigerian orphans and tricked them into travelling to the UK with the promise of a better life.
But instead the Nigerian treated the victims as "commodities" to be used in a form of "modern-day slavery" by attempting to send them on to mainland Europe to be sexually assaulted by gangs.
West African juju rituals were used to instil terror into Osolase's three vulnerable victims, one aged just 14, who felt helpless because they feared retribution and had no-one to turn to.
At Canterbury Crown Court on Friday, he was found guilty of five counts of trafficking for sexual exploitation, and one each of rape and sexual activity with a child.
Sentencing him today, Judge Adele Williams told Osolase, a recycling worker from Beaumont Drive, Gravesend, that he was "devoid of conscience, devoid of compassion to your victims".
A Kent man, found guilty of seven charges relating to the human trafficking of three young Nigerian girls, has been sentenced to 20 years behind bars.
42 year old Osezua Osolase was convicted by a jury at Canterbury Crown Court, following a six week trial, on Friday.
The three girls were all trafficked out of the country and into Europe for prostitution.
He used black magic - keeping his young victims prisoner - and scaring them into silence. Today, though, a man from Kent was jailed for forcing children into prostitution.
Police told Meridian this afternoon that the scale of Osezua Osolase's trafficking was only just becoming apparent - and that dozens of girls could have suffered at his hands.
Police believe Osezua Osolase from Kent may have forced as many as 28 girls into prostitution by masterminding a sex trafficking ring involving flights to Europe, false passports and African Ju Ju magic.
Former security guard Osolase was convicted by a jury at Canterbury Crown Court of trafficking and also of rape and sexual assault of teenage girls from Nigeria. He will be sentenced on Monday October 29. A senior detective described him as ''evil.''