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.
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.''
Two people arrested following an investigation into the alleged exploitation of Lithuanian workers have been released on police bail, as enquiries continue.
The 52-year-old man and a woman aged 50 from the Maidstone area were arrested at a property in the town on Friday.
Allegations had been made that workers were being forced to live in squalid conditions and threatened with violence if they did not comply with their supervisor’s instructions.
At least 29 men were identified as potentially being victims of human trafficking and they were referred to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) - a framework for identifying victims of human trafficking.
These arrests form part of an extensive investigation and follows on from reports received that migrant workers have been made to live in poor conditions and forced to work in an environment that gave little or no regard to their safety or general wellbeing.
"By working with our partner agencies we have been able to make these arrests and workers will now be offered help and support.
"Anyone found to be committing exploitation offences will be investigated fully and brought before the courts."
Odosa Usiobaifo aged 34 from Enfield who was charged with human trafficking by detectives investigating the disappearance of two teenage girls in West Sussex, has appeared before Uxbridge Magistrates' Court.
He has been remanded in custody before his next appearance – a committal hearing at Isleworth Crown Court on Wednesday 12 September.