Human trafficking suspects to appear in Pinetown court

Human trafficking suspects to appear in Pinetown court

Two suspected human traffickers are expected to line up in a Pinetown court on Wednesday.

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Steve Bhengu

Police, together with Hawks members from Durban-based Serious Organised Crime Investigation and Durban metro police, arrested the man and woman in Malvern, south of Durban on Monday. 

Police received information about a woman who alleged that she'd been raped and held against her will in a house in the area, which was later discovered to be a brothel. 

The woman says she was lured by the suspect to come work in Durban from Johannesburg. 


Hawks spokesperson Simphiwe Mhlongo says the victim was rescued after she sent details of her location to someone who went to the police. 

"Police proceeded to the house. The alleged victim was interviewed and it was uncovered that she was kept there against her will. 

“The two suspects that were arrested by the Hawks together with SAPS and Metro police are expected to appear at the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court.  They face charges of operating a brothel and trafficking a person.”


The woman's been taken to a place of safety.

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