Alleged human trafficker arrested

Police arrested a 25-year-old man for alleged human trafficking in Chebeng Village, near Seshego, Polokwane, on Monday.

Police arrested a 25-year-old man for alleged human trafficking in Chebeng Village, near Seshego, Polokwane, on Monday.

The Review Online reports that four Zimbabwe nationals were rescued.

They were allegedly locked in a room after being smuggled into the country.

Hawks spokesperson Captain Matimba Maluleke says the men were promised jobs, but were instead forced to steal and “forcibly work for the suspect without payment while brutally assaulted if they did not comply with the suspect’s instructions”.

The suspect appeared in the Seshego Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

He will appear again on January 9.

He has been remanded into custody.

An investigation is underway.

The provincial head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, Major General Thobeka Jozi said; “We warn those engaged in human trafficking that Limpopo will never be used as a getaway to exploit the innocent and vulnerable.

“The operation should serve as a serious warning that we will do everything to protect victims of human trafficking and call upon our communities to work with us and report those engaged in this inhumane activity,” she concluded.

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