South Africa: Mystery yet reality – the practice of ‘Juju’ and human trafficking

During my career as investigator with the Hawks I have stumbled across the notion of ‘Juju’ on a number of occasions whilst investigating cases of human trafficking. My limited knowledge of ‘Juju’ basically consisted of an understanding that it was a method used by Nigerian human traffickers to manipulate and instill fear into their victims… 

Marinda*, a trafficking victim, was an educated adult female who came from a middle-class family. After Marinda’s* rescue I obtained her statement in which she recounted a “supernatural” and “evil” experience involving one of her Nigerian captors. 

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