Everyday thousands of children are being sexually abused. You can stop the abuse of at least one child by simply praying. You can possibly stop the abuse of thousands of children by forwarding the link in First Time Visitor? by email, Twitter or Facebook to every Christian you know. Save a child or lots of children!!!! Do Something, please!

3:15 PM prayer in brief:
Pray for God to stop 1 child from being molested today.
Pray for God to stop 1 child molestation happening now.
Pray for God to rescue 1 child from sexual slavery.
Pray for God to save 1 girl from genital circumcision.
Pray for God to stop 1 girl from becoming a child-bride.
If you have the faith pray for 100 children rather than one.
Give Thanks. There is more to this prayer here

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Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Voodoo Used to Force Women into Sex Trade - Austrian Police

© Andres Martinez Casares / Reuters

Voodoo rituals are being used to force women into prostitution, according to Austrian police, who have arrested two Nigerian nationals on suspicion of human trafficking.

The two suspects - one male one female, are considered leading members of a criminal organization - were arrested by Austrian authorities in Vienna, and accused of engaging in the international sex trade.

Police spokesman Johann Baumschlager said Tuesday that at least 10 young Nigerian women were forced into the sex trade in part by "a voodoo priest, who made them submissive through certain rites." The women worked as hairdressers in their home country, according to Der Standard.

The victims had been intimidated and threatened with death if they did not comply with the organization’s orders, OE24 reported.

Baumschlager revealed that the women were told they each owed €50,000 ($53,000) to cover the costs of their move to Europe and that they needed to work off the debt through prostitution. The women had hardly any money left to provide for themselves, according to police.

The pair who were arrested are not being named due to Austrian privacy laws, but the man is reportedly cooperating with police while the woman denies the allegations.

Last year, six refugee women from Nigeria were rescued by Austria's anti-human trafficking force after being sold into forced prostitution. The women reportedly believed they were under a voodoo curse and were particularly submissive for fear their families would suffer the consequences.

Voodoo, a religion of West African origin, is based on animism but also borrows some elements from Catholicism. Worshippers believe in the power of spirits and often perform rituals to them.

Nigeria, at least Northern Nigeria, is one of the worst places in the world to be a girl. How tragic that when they escape to a better country they end up being sexually trafficked by their own countrymen. Austria needs to throw the book at these two and make it very clear such evil will not be tolerated.