Po­lice’s city house raid nets il­le­gal im­mi­grants

Ten chil­dren re­moved from Bay house

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS - Conelia Harry

PO­LICE have al­layed pub­lic fears of a pos­si­ble hu­man traf­fick­ing ring op­er­at­ing in Richards Bay after they swooped on a Brack­en­ham house on Wed­nes­day morn­ing and ar­rested four sus­pects for be­ing in the coun­try il­le­gally. A 42-year-old man was also charged with fraud after he was found in pos­ses­sion of a false pass­port dur­ing the raid. Ten chil­dren, who po­lice say are the sus­pects’ chil­dren, were re­moved and taken to a place of safety. Ac­cord­ing to a source who lives near the house, the group of for­eign­ers have been re­sid­ing at the premises for a short pe­riod and the chil­dren were never seen around the prop­erty, which has mul­ti­ple dwellings on it. ‘If you walked past the one bed­roomed premises, one could hear the chil­dren, but they never came out­side to play. ‘I found it sus­pi­cious that there was so much chil­dren’s wash­ing on the line when the out­build­ing did not have the ca­pac­ity to house so many peo­ple. ‘I also found it strange that there was only move­ment around the house at night. Cars parked across the road at odd hours,’ said the source. ‘I can­not say what ex­actly was go­ing on in that house, but I had a bad feel­ing be­cause it re­mained closed dur­ing the day and only one young woman came out­side on a few oc­ca­sions. ‘When po­lice vis­ited the house on Wed­nes­day, we saw 10 young girls be­ing re­moved, seven ap­pear­ing to be mi­nors.’ The sus­pects, aged be­tween 20 and 42, are be­lieved to have ap­peared in the Richards Bay Magistrate’s Court on Thurs­day on charges of be­ing il­le­gal im­mi­grants.

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