08 March 2017 - Police suspect human trafficking, after 34 women are rescued from a brothel in Klerksdorp. They admit that some of the girls will return here. The youngest is 18 years old.
KLERKSDORP - The North West police say they will not be deterred if some of the alleged victims of human trafficking go back to their alleged captors.
Thirty-four women were rescued from a brothel in Klerksdorp on Wednesday. North West officials believe they were trafficked for sex.
"When we interview the victims they tell us that sometimes they go back to places they are kept by traffickers not because they are enjoying to be victims but because they have nowhere else to go," said Provincial Head of the Hawks in the North West, Maj Gen (Adv) Linda Mbana.
The Hawks, the SAPS and immigration officials raided the premises believed to be operated by a Nigerian national.
They seized drugs and arrested several undocumented foreign nationals.
A total of 32 girls have been rescued, along with what police call blood collecting tubes were found. Brothel owner ran away. #BrothelRaid— Lirandzu Themba (@LirandzuThemba) March 8, 2017
The women were taken in to make statements.
"[We are] sending a message to all people doing to this sort of crime that if we get a tip off we really are after them," Mbana said.
The Hawks say the man who runs the brothel is a Nigerian national. He was arrested but case was dropped- no witnesses. #BrothelRaid— Lirandzu Themba (@LirandzuThemba) March 8, 2017