SAPS busts human trafficking and kidnapping network preying on Indian women

On Wednesday, 31 January, a multidisciplinary team consisting of various units within the South African Police Service(SAPS) led by the anti-kidnapping task team arrested six suspects on suspicion of human trafficking and kidnapping in Mayfair and rescued two Indian women aged between 20 and 24.

The team consisting of private security received intelligence on a Johannesburg based human trafficking network preying on Indian women then operationalised it and pounced on an identified address and commercial site where the women were rescued and arrests effected.

SAPS spokesperson, Brig Athlenda Mathe said: “These women were allegedly enticed to the country with false promises of employment. Where upon arrival they were kept against their will, offered to clients leading to sexual encounters. Members seized an array of cellphones, numerous documents including passports and cash for further investigation.”

The arrested suspects

Mathe said the six men facing charges of human trafficking, sex trafficking, kidnapping, and extortion are expected to appear before court on, 02 February 2024.

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