Teen freed af­ter be­ing trapped in traf­fick­ing scam

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - KAR­ISHMA DIPA

A GROUP of al­leged hu­man traf­fick­ers are believed to have lured a KwaZulu-Natal teenager to Gaut­eng with the prom­ise of a job, only to force­fully feed her drugs and use her as a pros­ti­tute.

Po­lice res­cued the 18-year-old in the early hours of yes­ter­day from a Rand­burg house where it was sus­pected that she had been held cap­tive for the past month.

Her al­leged cap­tors have since been ar­rested and are to be charged with hu­man traf­fick­ing when they ap­pear in court.

Gaut­eng po­lice spokesper­son Cap­tain Kay Makhubele said that af­ter of­fi­cers had re­ceived a tip-off about the in­ci­dent, they raided the house and freed the teenager, who did not have any vis­i­ble in­juries.

How­ever, Makhubele said the vic­tim was found trau­ma­tised and had been taken to a clinic for med­i­cal care. “She has now been taken to a place of safety.” He ex­plained that the teenager was re­cruited last month af­ter she was promised a job in Gaut­eng.

“It is al­leged that the vic­tim was re­cruited from Dur­ban by a 22-year-old girl who promised her a job in the prov­ince.”

Makhubele added that in­stead of start­ing the job she was promised, the teen was given drugs and used as a pros­ti­tute.

He could not im­me­di­ately say if other girls were also trapped in the same way, but said the mat­ter was un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion. “We will get to the bot­tom of this,” he added. Those who were ar­rested in­clude two men aged 29 and 30, as well as two 28-year-old women.

They were all ex­pected to ap­pear in the Rand­burg Mag­is­trate’s Court soon.

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