British nursing authorities have blacklisted a Nigerian mental health nurse after she was convicted and sentenced for smuggling a 23-year-old Nigerian woman into Britain to work as a sex slave under the threat of a black magic curse.
A tribunal was told the nurse identified as Florence Obadiaru, 50, and two other traffickers Olusoji Oluwafemi and Johnson Olayinka, from an international prostitution ring forced their victim to fly into Heathrow with a bogus passport in September 2011.
Before leaving Nigeria the victim was raped and subjected to a ‘juju’ death ritual where gang members told her if she did not pay them £40,000 she would die.
The victim was promised a job in the UK so she could repay the debt, but when she arrived she was kept at Obadiaru’s house, sexually assaulted and told she was destined to work as a sex slave in Italy.
Luckily, when Italian authorities spotted the victim’s forged ID, they sent her back to the UK, Obadiaru and her cohorts ‘horrific’ plans were averted.
The trio got their punishments as Obadiaru from Brockley, south-east London, was jailed for two years in July 2014 after being convicted of trafficking the woman into the UK for sexual exploitation and arranging for her transfer to Italy. While Olusoji Oluwafemi and Johnson Olayinka were jailed for six-and-a-half years and four-and-a-half years respectively in July 2014.
A Nursing and Midwifery Council disciplinary has now struck her name off the nursing register after her hearing with the council.
Chairman of the panel Robert Barnwell said: ‘You have been convicted of conspiracy to commit a deplorable and horrific crime in which a young woman was trafficked for the purposes of sexual exploitation, and your conviction goes to the very core of the principles involved in nursing care.
The victim is just one of many victims of an organised crime group based in Africa which traffics young women through England to work as prostitutes in mainland Europe.