Greetings from The Slave Detective,
As I learn of one of my very good friends, DC Andy Desmond is on the brink of calling it a day working for The Metropolitan Police Human Exploitation Unit, I worry about what will happen now with Witchcraft?
Andy had taken on this subject whilst working on my Human Trafficking Team and recorded the most successful prosecution for an African Trafficking case in the UK. I hope to get him to Podcast his experience dealing with this case. There are many lessons that can be learned from his dogged approach. I have posted about his brilliant detecting on this case previously and nominated him for a Commendation for his work.
So when today I read the great work the Dutch Authorities have done in this field I can smile once again.
In an article “Nigerian trafficker convicted after anti-voodoo move” The Dutch Authorities have now flagged up Ju Ju and have placed controls at their boarders to combat this. The suspect received one year shy of the maximum sentence in Holland where it is very hard to prove Trafficking due to the fact that they have legalised Prostitution.
Under the heading “Moral authority”, Dutch Radio commented in the following way:-
“To break the power of juju, Dutch police introduced the girls to a Nigerian priest living in the Netherlands and to a woman who had been a victim of trafficking. They apparently helped convince at least 10 of them to bring charges against those who had lured them in to prostitution.”
Andy did much the same. What this doesn’t tell you is the amazing patience and trust the investigation team have to put in to get this result. They should be applauded from the highest rooftops.
The bravery of the victims then to accept the reversal of the JU JU is also not to be underestimated.
I would love to report more of these cases, especially in the UK. I doubt that SCD9 will be brave enough to tackle one without Dezzie.
I hope someone like the UKHTC (UK Human Trafficking Centre) grabs Andy Desmond and harness his passion. That is if he does retire!