Human trafficking ring: Hawks rescue ‘sex slaves’, arrest 5 in swoop on three properties

The Hawks have rescued 10 women from an alleged human trafficking ring and arrested five people in early morning raids.

The Hawks possess rescued 10 females from an alleged human trafficking ring and arrested 5 americans in early morning raids.

The Hawks possess rescued 10 females from an alleged human trafficking ring and arrested 5 americans in early morning raids in Rustenburg and Kuruman.

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The females are reportedly from Limpopo, Lesotho and Namibia and were trafficked to work in brothels in Rustenburg and Kuruman. The brothels were disguised as mattress and breakfast lodging.

“The females were trafficked from neighbouring countries and frail as sex slaves. The brothels were disguised as BnBs and the females were made to pay hire while working there,” Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi explained.

In holding with Mulaudzi, the arrests were a fruits of an investigation which lasted extra than a year.

“The investigation began in June 2019. Since then, we possess now been working on amassing intelligence,” he stated.

RT#sapsHQ This day #Hawks arrested 5 suspects for alleged human trafficking younger females from Limpopo, Lesotho, Namibia to work in brothels in Rustenburg & Kuruman. Suspects were arrested @ 3 properties all over a receive-down operation. TM pic.twitter.com/aayXPeTyG7

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The investigation known six suspects. One of them died in 2019, nevertheless the last 5 were arrested all over a swoop on three properties, which began at 06: 00 on Sunday, Mulaudzi stated.

Ten females were rescued all over the operation and the Hawks were working with the Department of Social Construction to receive them to locations of security.

The Department of Home Affairs became once additionally helping with their immigration standing, Mulaudzi stated.

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