Nigerian man in court following Klerksdorp 'brothel' raid

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According to Hawks spokesperson Captain Tlangelani Rikhotso, a case of human trafficking is being suspected.

According to Hawks spokesperson Captain Tlangelani Rikhotso, a case of human trafficking is being suspected.

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According to Hawks spokesperson Captain Tlangelani Rikhotso, a case of human trafficking is being suspected.

According to Hawks spokesperson Captain Tlangelani Rikhotso, a case of human trafficking is being suspected.

RUSTENBURG  – A 34-year-old Nigerian national, Charles Chukwukere Okopie, arrested in connection with running a brothel in Klerksdorp, appeared briefly in the North West town's magistrate’s court on Monday.

He was arrested on Friday afternoon after one of the women made a statement alleging his involvement in running the brothel.

He appeared in court on charges under the Sexual Offences Act as well as a charge of trafficking in persons. The case was postponed to  28 December for  a bail application.

Charles Chukwukere Okopie was one of 19 men found at the suspected brothel,  where the Hawks rescued 26 women and children. The men were taken in for questioning.

The women aged between 14 and 37 were all South Africans came from different parts of the country namely, North West, Northern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, Johannesburg in Gauteng, Limpopo and Eastern Cape.