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Juju rituals, sexual slavery in UK

Young women and girls are being lured from their home countries with offers of work and trafficked into Britain, only to be forced into prostitution. Authorities have uncovered a trend where West African ‘juju’ witchcraft is used to manipulate them into submission. VoR takes an in-depth look at the issue. Full radio coverage here

India: Panchayat to Impose Penalty for Branding Anyone a Witch

Days after banning consumption of liquor, gambling and playing of obscene songs, a panchayat in Bihar’s Madhepura district has again cracked the whip — this time against those branding any woman a witch. More here

India: Jharkhand: Woman beheaded on suspicion of witchcraft

Jamshedpur: The head of a tribal woman was chopped off by her brother-in-law who then surrendered with it at a police station at a village in Jharkhand’s Seraikela-Kharswan district, police sources said on Saturday. More here

UK: ‘Witch doctor’ took money for ‘human sacrifices in Africa’

A self-proclaimed witch doctor told police, who caught him carrying £10,000 cash, that the money was to be used for human sacrifice in Africa. More here

Benin: Mysticism, modernity abound in Benin Voodoo fest

The deified residents of the Temple of Pythons, when released to find food, sometimes slither across the road into a Catholic church that once hosted Pope Benedict XVI. The local priest, the snake handlers say, is always good enough to call or bring the gorging reptiles back to their own spiritual home. More here

India: 2 held for human sacrifice bid

Dharmagarh, Jan 10: Police arrested two persons of Bhawanipur village near here in Kalahandi district on charges of kidnapping and attempt to sacrifice a 7-year-old boy of the village Thursday. Full story here

India: Panel to check witchcraft

A committee has been constituted to formulate the modalities for keeping tabs on those who exploit people in the name of astrology and witchcraft. More here

Kenya: Kajiado witchcraft drama

Family members of the Isinya ward Councillor Joshua Kintei Olowasa say they woke up to find para-phenalia associated with witchcraft and a note warning the Councillor to drop his bid for the newly created Kajiado East seat. See footage here

Nigeria: Ladipo Admits Eagles Used Juju in the Past

President General of the Nigerian Football Supporters’ Club, Rafiu Ladipo has admitted that for many years Nigeria used black magic, popularly known as Juju, to win matches. More here

Kenya: Unkind end for suspected witch

Cases of old people being lynched on suspicion of witchcraft in the Coast region are on the rise. Many elderly residents have been forced to flee from their homes for fear of being lynched — sometimes by their children. See full story here