Not long ago in Pretoria, Hawks busted a syndicate of Nigerian human traffickers. They allegedly trafficked 10 girls and kept them as sex slaves.
Now, it has been reported that the syndicate of Nigerian human traffickers are expected to face a R100-million fine and spend the rest of their lives in prison.
As culled from Times Live, the Nigerian suspects have been charged for contravening the Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons Act.
Aside that, the three suspects will get to face charges of rape, drug-dealing, possession of drugs and theft.
Following an intense investigation conducted by Hawks, the Nigerians were busted and arrested in a flat in Arcadia.
Speaking for Hawks, Lieutenant- Colonel Robert Netshiunda confirmed the arrest and divulged that 10 girls were found in the flat when Hawks busted it.
According to the Hawks’ spokesperson, the Nigerian suspects used the girls to entertain their guests.
“The women were being used for sex. Some of them told us they have been exploited for five years, some 10 years. One of them told us she has been doing it for 13 years, and she is only 25.
“Those guys fed them drugs so that they can continue doing those things to them,” lamented Netshiunda.
He related that the girls have been released as he called on the public to spread more awareness about the human trafficking problem.
“We want people to be aware that human trafficking is real. You are not only going to be trafficked by a stranger, a friend can do the same to you. These people promise them jobs and luxurious lives,” Netshiunda cautioned.