SAPS has shed more light on a huge human trafficking bust made on Sunday, after twin raids on properties being used as brothels led to the rescue of 11 victims. Five suspects, believed to be part of a criminal syndicate, were also arrested.
Kuruman, in the Northern Cape, and Rustenburg, in North West, were the two main areas of focus for the operation. Two guest houses were identified as a hotbed of illegal activity, and it was ascertained that kidnapped women were being used as ‘sex slaves’ at both properties. SAPS revealed in a statement:
“The Hawks’ Northern Cape and North West Serious Organised Crime Investigation with the assistance of Crime Intelligence, K9, TRT, Crime Scene Investigation and Home Affairs raided three brothels in Kuruman and Rustenburg, ultimately arresting five suspects and rescuing eleven (11) victims of alleged human trafficking early Sunday morning.”
“Search warrants were served at two guesthouses namely Birdsong B&B and Noble Guest House at Kerk Street, Rustenburg, which were used as brothels. The two premises have been closed. Another simultaneous operation also led to a closure of a house in Kuruman.”SAPS statement
The victims, a majority of which are from South Africa, were initially lured to the towns with the promise of unemployment. However, none of them agreed to a life of prostitution in squalid conditions. The law is set to take its course this week when members of this human trafficking gang are hauled in front of the court. SAPS have officially concluded: