A popular Scandal actor and 16 other suspects arrested on Thursday will appear before the Springs Magistrate’s Court this morning.
The 21-year-old actor who stars in the popular eTV soap is among a group of suspected human traffickers who were arrested in Springs in the East Rand.
Police spokesman Kay Makhubela confirmed that 17 people, including the actor are now in custody for human trafficking. The arrest was made after a tip-off from a woman who had managed to escape from the alleged brothel.
“We have arrested 17 people for human trafficking. The suspects included 11 females and six males. There is also a Nigerian man who is believed to be collecting money from these women and a prominent actor in one of our local soapies in the country,” Makhubela said.
Subsequently, the group has been charged with human trafficking and sexual exploitation under the Sexual Offences Act.
Makhubela explained that the group was arrested after a 25-year-old woman who escaped their den ran to the police for safety.
“We understand that she feared for her safety and ran to the police station and told them about the brothel. She has since been taken to a place of safety,” he added.
The group is from Kimberly, Bushbuckridge, Durban while some are from Gauteng.
Makhubela added that the offenders will appear before the Spring Magistrates Court on Friday. They are expected to arrive for their first appearance at 9am.
While Makhubele confirmed that the preliminary police investigation identified that one person arrested is a Scandal actor, the name could not be revealed yet.
In response to the enquiry about the issue, e.tv said on Thursday evening that it is aware of the stories and speculation surrounding the arrest of one of their actors. However, the production claims it’s yet to receive further details at this stage.