Hawks ar­rest three al­leged traf­fick­ers

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - News - – Gareth Wil­son

Three al­leged hu­man traf­fick­ing re­cruiters were ar­rested ear­lier this week, the Hawks’ anti-hu­man traf­fick­ing team said on Fri­day morn­ing.

Hawks spokesper­son Cap­tain Phi­lani Nk­walase said the most re­cent ar­rest was that of Le­an­dre Meryl Wil­liams Ayuk, 35, who ap­peared in the Spring­bok Mag­is­trate’s Court in the North­ern Cape on Wed­nes­day.

She al­legedly re­cruited vic­tims un­der false pre­tences to travel from Spring­bok to Cape Town.

They were al­legedly co­erced into a life of drugs and pros­ti­tu­tion on ar­rival.

Ayuk had al­legedly re­cruited the vic­tims for her hus­band, Ed­ward Ayuk, who was ar­rested for sim­i­lar of­fences in September 2017.

“Two vic­tims, aged 16 and 29, were res­cued at Ed­ward’s house in Brook­lyn, Cape Town, upon his ar­rest."

The ar­rest comes soon after two other al­leged re­cruiters, Vin­cent Ndidi Onye­jekwa, 39, and Uche Henry Ezenwa, 35, ap­peared in the Jo­han­nes­burg Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day.

Nk­walase said all three cases had been trans­ferred to Cape Town and Bel­lville re­gional courts re­spec­tively.

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