SA woman arrested for human trafficking after trio deported from Ireland


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JOHANNESBURG - A woman has been arrested and charged with human trafficking after three women were deported from Ireland to South Africa last weekend.

Teenage Zimbabwean twins and a South African were deported after their fake documentation was detected by Irish authorities.

“The Zimbabwean twins and a 28-year-old local woman are currently kept at a place of safety after they nearly became victims of human trafficking in Dublin, Ireland last week,” a statement from the SAPS said.

“The trio, who went to Ireland believing that they were going to start a new life there, were sent back to South Africa on Sunday.

“Dublin immigration officers detected that three women were using fake passports and immediately sent them back.”

“On Monday evening a 33-year-old woman came from nowhere and claimed to be the mother of the 19-year-old twins. With the twins asserting that she was not their mother, she was arrested and charged with human trafficking.”

An investigation by the police has revealed that the passports were issued at the Home Affairs offices in Alberton.

“An investigation is underway to ascertain who issued the fake passports.”

Meanwhile a manhunt has been launched to find the man who allegedly paid for the twins’ plane tickets as well as organising the trip to Dublin.

The SAPS further revealed that the biological mother of the twins is on her way to South Africa from Zimbabwe.

The suspect will appear before the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court on Friday.