Police’s city house raid nets illegal immigrants
Ten children removed from Bay house
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.