Human trafficking

Photo credit: US Air Force Airman 1st Class Kyle Cope

HUGE human trafficking bust in Gauteng – as cops resist R300 000 bribe

Dozens of Ethiopian nationals have been held against their will in a Gauteng guesthouse – and a suspect’s attempt to bribe SAPS fell flat.

Human trafficking

Photo credit: US Air Force Airman 1st Class Kyle Cope

The wheels of justice have been turning in Springs, Gauteng this week – after a crack team of SAPS officers managed to bust open a human trafficking ring, who were operating out of a rented guest house. Half a dozen suspects were arrested, and one of those cuffed tried to bribe the police with a whopping sum.

Human trafficking ring exposed in Gauteng

The six suspects are facing charges that range from human trafficking, possession of an unlicensed firearm, possession of ammunition, bribery, and defeating the course of justice. The 45 victims – aged between 23 and 50 years and all hailing from Ethiopia – have been released to their next of kin.

SAPS have issued a statement on the matter, revealing a series of shock details in the process. The case is directly linked to the arrest of Abdi Mohammed Adri – another human trafficking suspect who is believed to have kept FIVE Ethiopian nations locked up against their will. He was apprehended last month.

“A team comprising of members from the Provincial Organised Crime Investigations, National Crime Intelligence and Sedibeng TRT operationalised information generated through investigations on human trafficking in Gauteng and pounced on a house in Springs where 45 undocumented Ethiopian nationals were rescued.”

“The team arrested six suspects and seized a shotgun and ammunition as well as over R300 000 in cash that one of the suspects had brought to the house to bribe the members with. Preliminary investigations on the scene revealed that the property is owned by a South African woman who was renting out the cottage where the victims were kept.”

SAPS statement

What we know about the Springs human trafficking suspects

The rot runs deep amongst these alleged lowlifes. The six-figure bribery attempt was rejected immediately by officers, who also discovered that ‘one of their own’ may also be involved in this human trafficking scheme.

  • Upon the police searching the premises, a shotgun with SAPS issued ammunition was found in one of the rented rooms.
  • At the scene, a man approached police with a plastic bag full of bank notes and offered cash to the cops.
  • A total of R329 400 was seized and the man was immediately placed under arrest.
  • The three men renting the cottage, the owner of the cottage, her son, and the bribery suspect were all arrested.
  • The son of the cottage owner, incidentally, is also a serving member of SAPS.
  • All six suspects will be appearing at the Brixton and Springs Magistrates Court on Friday.

Six suspects arrested, linked to ongoing case

Adri, meanwhile, has since appeared in court and he is currently on bail. He will be appearing in the dock again on 28 February. While continuing with investigations on this case, information led officers to the house in Springs.