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No, Nigerian woman not arrested in UK for ‘turning white man into pet’

“A Nigerian woman has been arrested for turning a White man into her pet in the United Kingdom,” claims a 21 March 2019 article on the Ugandan website Celebrities Buzz.

The article has a photo and a video of a black woman speaking to a uniformed officer, while an elderly white man kneels beside her, wearing a dog leash. 

The same photo has been shared several times on Facebook, under the headline “UK Police arrest an African Lady for using a white man as a pet”. 

The original article claims that “UK police officers spotted a Black woman pulling a White man with a rope tied around his neck. The woman is said to have allegedly used juju (black magic) on the White man which made him respect every order given out by her … Police officers, after noticing the tired White man, arrested the woman and started questioning her.”

What is the real story behind this photo, and was the woman arrested for treating the man like a dog?

‘Ebonatrix Miss Foxx’, dominatrix

Scroll down the article and you’ll find an update, though Celebrities Buzz have not revised the headline. Here they copy and link to an article on the website Lad Bible, last updated 13 August 2019, with the headline “Dominatrix Filmed Walking Man On A Dog Lead Through London Waterloo Station”. 

A dominatrix is a woman who physically or psychologically dominates her partner in sadomasochistic encounters. 

According to Lad Bible, someone filmed the incident, and shared it on social media. They quote the British Transport Police as saying “there was no real offence committed, and therefore there were no arrests or cautions”. 

The article includes screen grabs of the video, which show that the man is holding a cardboard sign which says “On probation for Miss Foxx”. Searching “dominatrix Miss Foxx” on Google leads to the woman’s social media pages.

The woman in the photo goes by the name Ebonatrix Miss Foxx. On Twitter, where she has over 8,000 followers, she describes herself as “FIN/FEMDOM. #EBONATRIX CREATOR. MAN WALKER”. 

Miss Foxx’s various online channels advertise her services as a dominatrix: “My practice of Female Domination & Supremacy allows Me to travel the world several times a year and meet other submissive males in a range of scenarios.”

On her website, she describes her “ethnicity” as “Afro Carribean English” – while she has some Nigerian ancestors, she is not from Nigeria. 

Miss Foxx documented encounter

On 28 February 2019, Miss Foxx tweeted a video of herself with the elderly man on a leash. She confirmed it was at London’s Waterloo train station. 

The man can be seen holding the small cardboard sign. At one point in the video, she smacks the man in the face. He appears to be one of her clients. 

There is no evidence that she was arrested. In response to someone possibly saying she would have been arrested in another country (the original tweet has since been deleted), Miss Foxx answered: “I probably would've been arrested or shot to be fair. The British Police here were reasonable and when I tried to leave, the public made it very difficult … Was awesome.” Motunrayo Joel


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