A Nigerian woman, Jessica Edosomwan was named on Friday, October 18th by Europol as one of the 18 most wanted female fugitives by French authorities.
26-year-old Edosomwan is alleged to be part of a gang of human smugglers who used a form of witchcraft known as ‘juju’ to force young Nigerian girls into prostitution.
Operating in every major French city the gang housed the girls in terrible conditions, charging them exorbitant rents.
The victims, who were run by an older woman known as ‘la Mama,’ were then prostituted on the streets. The money they made was then sent back to Nigeria through an informal payment system known as ‘hawala’.
Jessica Edosomwan has been on the run since 2017 and could be in France, Belgium or Germany, Europol said.
Jessica’s case highlighted by Europol’s ‘Crime has no gender’ campaign, in which the faces of fugitives are artistically masked on the agency’s website, with their identities and details of their crimes disclosed as visitors scroll down the page.
Among 17 other women wanted are those convicted or accused of crimes including murder, robbery, drug trafficking and serious fraud by countries across Europe.