South Africa: Alleged Human Trafficker Due in Court

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A 48-year-old suspect is expected to appear at the Cape Town magistrate's Court today for allegedly trafficking a female victim from Gauteng for sexual exploitation.

The 25-year-old victim originally from Gauteng was allegedly lured under false pretext by the perpetrator after they were introduced by her friend at a party on the 09 June 2019. They travelled to Cape Town the following day, on arrival she was allegedly locked up at a house in Brooklyn and forced into a life of drugs and prostitution.

Whilst on the streets the victim managed to alert a passing Law Enforcement vehicle of her ordeal on the 10 July 2019, she was subsequently rescued and taken to a place of safety.

The matter was referred to the Hawks' Anti-Human Trafficking team and on Wednesday the investigating team with the assistance of crime intelligence, SAPS, Metro Police, Department of Social Development (DSD), as well as A21 (NGO) descended at a house in Milnerton. The perpetrator was identified by the victim and arrested on the spot.

The suspect has been charged for contravening the Trafficking in Persons Act.

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