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Nigerian Woman Who Trafficked Ladies For S*x With 'Juju' Gets More Jail Term

The Nigerian nurse, Josephine Iyamu, who was convicted after using voodoo threats to traffick vulnerable ladies from Nigeria to Germany to work as pros-titutes has had her 13-year prison sentence increased.

Josephine, 52, was originally sentenced for 13 years for the trafficking offences with a further year for perverting the course of justice. But after she appealed the sentence, it has now been increased to 18 years after judges found her earlier sentence to be ‘unduly lenient’.

Originally born in Liberia, Iyamu was made a British citizen in 2009 after being allowed to stay in the UK due to her nursing qualifications. She organised the travel of five women from Nigeria to Germany. Solicitor General Robert Buckland went to the Court of Appeal on Thursday to challenge the jail term.

But as she tearfully watched the proceedings via videolink from prison, Mr Buckland urged the three judges to increase the sentence imposed at Birmingham Crown Court in July.

After a hearing in London, Lord Justice Davis, Mrs Justice Simler and Mr Justice Dove ruled the total sentence imposed on Iyamu was ‘unduly lenient’ and upped it to 18 years.

Announcing the court’s decision, Lord Justice Davis warned that others found guilty of such ‘grave’ offences could expect severe sentences.

Iyamu, formerly from Bermondsey, south London, is the first person to be prosecuted in the UK for arranging or facilitating travel for sexual exploitation of victims with no connection to Britain. She was found guilty at the end of a 10-week trial of five offences under the Modern Slavery Act, and also one count of perverting the course of justice while on remand.