I cannot tell you how many times I have listened to American people talk about JuJu and you can tell that they really don’t know what JuJu is. It’s most often come from New Agers who want it to mean “spreading love and positive light” to others. JuJu is a lot more than just some “positive vibes” to send to someone. It’s a dark magical practice that embraces the Ancient African Gods and Goddesses. It’s still very popular in Nigeria where you can go see a witch doctor for charms to help with love, luck, infertility, and even retaliating against your enemies. I have also understood that it’s used in verbal contracts to bind the contract. And that is really the focus for today. Because many women escaping sex trafficking in Nigeria are absolutely terrified of their JuJu contracts.

What has happened is that sex traffickers will create a contract to the women to pay their debt. Then a spell is cast over them that if they do not pay their debt, spirits will attack them until they go insane. Although the women are escaping the hell of sex trafficking, they are so bound by belief in the JuJu that they believe Spirits are following them and trying to make them insane for not paying their debt to their sex traffickers. In some cases, they believe the Spirits will attack their families who are left behind in Nigeria.

I want to hold these women and praise them for their bravery to escape. And I want to scream and pound my fists on those men abusing magic to manipulate these women. I cannot imagine for a moment that any Deity or Spirit would be okay with the sexual enslavement of these women. I cannot believe for a second that the Gods and Goddesses would allow any spiritual harm to come to these women. They are women who should be praised for their strength! They embody the Goddess in all of Her strength and compassion!

In my heart, I can only see that corrupt men have manipulated magic and the Divines into these monstrous characters to manipulate and control the masses. It is heartbreaking to read that in 2017, these women are being sold and bound by contracts to their abusers with the simple use of magic. I want to run to these women and show them the joy of a fabulous hex. To help them embrace their Ancestors and ask for protection. To not only support their physical removal from the situation but to help them take back their power. If they only knew how strong their magic was, the scenario could be so different for them.

I implore you to learn about JuJu before assuming anything. To understand that your words hold power and you cannot take ownership of something that is not yours. The African people have been fighting for those things that they hold dear, they shouldn’t have to keep fighting any longer. I don’t know how we can combat the corrupt mindset that has invaded their spirituality. I only hope that they can make significant changes soon.

I will be lighting candles for Nigeria. So that men can see the Goddess-like status of their women and that the women can band together and end the sex trafficking.