Nigerian people smuggler who used black magic to traffic teenage African girls into prostitution jailed for 20 years
An evil people smuggler who brainwashed children using black magic before forcing them into prostitution and raping them has been jailed for 20 years.
Osezua Osolase, 42, is also HIV positive and raped one of the young girls without wearing protection, a court heard.
The former security guard was found guilty of seven counts of trafficking young girls, rape and sexual activity with a child.
He had shipped the teenage girls from Nigeria to Britain where he groomed them to be sold for sex in Italy and Spain.
The court heard he cast spells using ”juju” magic over his three Nigerian victims – now aged 15, 17 and 18 – to stop them running away.
Osolase, who worked at a trendy London fashion shop, found his victims begging on the streets of Nigeria and promised to take them to the UK to get an education.
He then used West African rituals, known as juju magic, to trick the teenagers into believing they would die if they tried to runaway.
During one ritual Osolase took a terrified youngster to a place of “witchcraft” and forced her to bathe using a red cloth and blood.
The girl then had her armpit hair cut, toe and finger nails cut and blood was taken from her right hand before she was told the spell would kill her if she tried to run away.
He was jailed for 20 years at Canterbury Crown Court which heard he took advantage of vulnerable girls whose stories were ”tinged with tragedy”.
One victim is so traumatised she says despite the conviction she fears Osolase would still kill her.
Judge Adele Williams told him: “You were dealing in exploitation and misery and degradation.
“You have been convicted on clear and compelling evidence of trafficking two girls in and out of the UK.
“Once they arrived in the UK the reality was explained to them that they were going to have to work as prostitutes – being told they had to repay their debts for travel.
“They were petrified that if they spoke out they would be harmed and killed.
“You are a very, very dishonest man, arrogant and manipulative, devoid of conscience, and devoid of any compassion for your victims.
“You were condemning them for a life as no more than sex slaves where their lives would have been miserable.
The girls discovered they were being sold when they heard the sex slave trader bartering for Euros 70,000 for them over the phone – then settling for Euros 65,000.
The teenagers were given fake passports to fly into Britain then Italy.
But one of the victims, then aged 17, refused to go through customs and begged Italian officials for help.
The teenager was returned to Stansted Airport, Essex, where she eventually admitted to being Nigerian.
Osolase, of Northfleet, Kent, was convicted of a total of five counts of trafficking for sexual purposes, one count of rape, and one count of sexual activity with a child.
He was acquitted of three further three charges of rape, one of trafficking and one of assault causing actual bodily harm charge, having denied all the offences.
Osolase – who has a lover with a child in Britain and a wife in Germany – will also be recommended for deportation at the end of his sentence.
Detectives who revealed Osolase’s evil trade using false passports, credit cards, and false names, believe he may be responsible for up to 25 more victims.
Osolase had claimed he arrived in the UK illegally in 2007 and was thrown out after he was then found to be using stolen credit cards.
But after arriving back in Nigeria, he claimed he married German national Gabrielle Wifling and was then given the right to return to live in Kent.
CPS lawyers are now preparing a case to seize his financial assets.
His barrister Anthony Orchard QC said he was suffering from glycaemia which had affected most of his sight.
He was acquitted on other counts of trafficking, rapes and assault.