This story originated from the Daily Mail so details are lacking but the story of the trial has been printed in several outlets. It’s horrifying and graphic and I wish it weren’t true but I’m afraid that it really is.
The uncle and mother of three teenage girls have been sentenced to 14 years in jail for raping and assaulting them in voodoo exorcism sessions.
The man, a 28-year-old from Togo, claimed to have been ‘chasing out an evil spirit’ when he assaulted his niece and her two older sisters between 2010 and 2011.
During the sessions, the man would wash the girls’ genital areas, and cut their hands and legs before applying a purportedly magical black powder to the wounds.
The prosecutor also said: ‘The voodoo belief that was cited is just window dressing,’ adding that the man ‘does not suffer from any mental illness… he is completely responsible for his acts.’
The mother of the three girls was found guilt of complicity as she had apparently given her consent and even provided the condoms. This article lists other incidents in France relating to occult crime as immigrants bring their native beliefs and superstitions with them. The fastest way to cleanse culture of these rituals is to make an example of the people who are sent to jail for them. The man says he no longer practices voodoo and is aware he did something so wrong.