'Trafficker threatened to kill my mother'.
Byline: Liz Day Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
ATRAFFICKER threatened to kill a prostitute's family in Nigeria when she stopped working, a court has heard.
Lizzy Idahosa, 24, from London, is on trial at Cardiff Crown Court, charged with trafficking two women into and around the UK and inciting them to work as prostitutes.
On the fifth day of the trial, the court heard the second of her alleged victims was forced to work in brothels in Cardiff and Swansea for a year and eight months.
The woman, who is now 29 and cannot be named for legal reasons, told police she had stopped working and changed her sim card so Idahosa could not contact her.
But within a month she received a phone call from her mother in Nigeria, a jury was told.
The woman said: "I had a call from my mum, who told me Lizzy's people had been to her house and threatened her. She was surprised and scared because she had never been threatened by anyone in her life before. She said she did not want any trouble."
She added: "Lizzy said if I did not pay her, she would kill my mum and make me go mad."
Earlier, the court heard the woman had met Idahosa's mother at a shop in Nigeria in 2010 and agreed to go and work for her daughter at a shop in London.
The jury heard the woman had been forced to take part in a "juju ceremony" when she was made to take an oath of secrecy and seal the vow by eating a live snake and shaving her body hair. She told the court she had subsequently been asked to pay PS100 to the "juju man" for the ceremony.
The court heard she travelled to London in 2011 and was told she would have to work as a prostitute to pay Idahosa PS50,000 for her flight to the UK.
The woman said she believed if she did not obey orders from Idahosa the "juju" would bring madness, infertility and death.
She told police during interviews she had paid the defendant a total of PS31,400 in two years after working at brothels in Cardiff, Swansea, Barking and East Croydon.
She said she had been forced to work seven days a week at brothels including Pandora's in Swansea.
She said: "I wanted to stop. It made me feel terrible - selling my body and giving the money to Lizzy. I did not have anything of my own."
She added: "I was ashamed of myself and I had no life. I felt seriously bad but there was nothing I could do to stop it."
Idahosa's partner and co-accused Jackson Omoruyi, 41, is also on trial, accused of inciting the two women to work as prostitutes and transferring criminal property.
The witness told the court she had never met Omoruyi but had paid money into his bank account.
The case continues.
Lizzy Felis aka Idahosa and Jackson Omoruyi used black magic to scare women into prostitution, a court has heard <B