Three alleged human traffickers were arrested at a lodge in Polokwane on Friday. This followed tip off of illegal activities that were occurring at a lodge in Polokwane. Police say, the male suspects rented at the lodge for two days and authorities became suspicious and alerted law enforcement.
After arriving at the scene, the police were directed to the suspected room and discovered three males who confessed to being alone. However after inspections, three women were discovered hiding out in one of the compartments inside the room.
The women, aged between 20 and 23 are from Ethiopia and appeared to have entered the country illegally. The police seized their passports which showed to port of entry.
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“The women had passports but were not stamped and authorized to be in the country legally and were immediately placed under arrest for contravention of the Immigration Act”, says Limpopo Police spokesperson Malesela Ledwaba.
The three men, a South African and two Ethiopians, were also arrested for human trafficking. During investigations, police discovered that the women had been transported from Musina to Gauteng. (https://halcyonliving.co.uk/)
The suspects are expected to appear before the Polokwane Magistrates’ Court on Monday 3 June 2023 facing charges of contravention of the Immigration Act and human trafficking.