Al­leged child traf­fick­ers to ap­pear in Alexan­dria mag­is­trate’s court

Talk of the Town - - Front Page - ROB KNOWLES

A group of al­leged child traf­fick­ers were re­cently ar­rested and were due to ap­pear in the Alexan­dria mag­is­trate’s court last Thurs­day. A po­lice source in­formed Talk of the Town of the case.

The source said po­lice had stopped to in­spect a van in Alexan­dria, in which 31 boys of var­i­ous ages were dis­cov­ered.

The group of men in­volved were then ar­rested on charges of child traf­fick­ing. It ap­pears the chil­dren are not from SA, and a 14-day ex­ten­sion was granted to the prose­cu­tion in or­der to as­cer­tain and ver­ify the na­tion­al­i­ties and ages of the boys.

Af­ter be­ing di­rected by the SAPS to spokesper­sons within the Hawks’ high pro­file crimes unit (Direc­torate for Pri­or­ity Crime In­ves­ti­ga­tion or DPCI), our in­quiries have yet to be an­swered.

The case is due to re­sume again on Septem­ber 13.

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