Hawks arrest three alleged traffickers
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.