Two ap­pear over al­leged pros­ti­tu­tion racket

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - MASABATA MKWANANZI masabata.mkwananzi@inl.co.za @Sa­bie_M

TWO MEN are fac­ing life in prison for al­legedly trick­ing young women into pros­ti­tu­tion with prom­ises of jobs in Joburg.

The two men ap­peared in the high court in Joburg yes­ter­day on charges of hu­man traf­fick­ing and kid­nap­ping.

Frank Amaku, 26, and Ilo Prom­ise So­mad­ina, 25, were a shadow of their for­mer selves, ap­pear­ing scared and con­fused.

Pro­ceed­ings were de­layed be­cause the accused were hav­ing trou­ble pay­ing their lawyer.

One of their al­leged vic­tims, and the only one to have come for­ward, was a 21-year-old who was al­legedly kept against her will at the premises of the accused in Rand­burg.

Amaku and So­mad­ina pro­vided their vic­tims with food, shel­ter and cloth­ing while ap­par­ently op­er­at­ing a brothel.

Be­tween Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary last year, they met Ali­nah* in Uping­ton, North­ern Cape, and promised her a job and ac­com­mo­da­tion in Joburg if she agreed to go to Gaut­eng.

The accused then or­gan­ised and paid for Ali­nah to travel to Joburg.

They did not give her a job as promised.

In­stead, they took pho­tos of Ali­nah, posted them on the in­ter­net and al­legedly ad­ver­tised her ser­vices.

Dur­ing this pe­riod and sev­eral other oc­ca­sions, the accused al­legedly sex­u­ally ex­ploited her for mon­e­tary re­ward.

State ad­vo­cate Lwazi Ngod­wana said that he was happy with how the case was pro­ceed­ing.

“We have pre­sented a strong case and we should be able to fin­ish it soon,” he said.

The trial was post­poned to Au­gust 30.

*Not her real name

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