Three men were rescued by the Hawks over the weekend after they were sold to alleged human traffickers for R700 each.
With unemployment being so high in South Africa, three men from the Northern Cape jumped at an offer to work in Cape Town.
However, McGyver Afrika, Sergio Sayers and José de Vries had no idea what they were in for when a recruiter brought them to the Mother City.
Upon arrival in Cape Town on Friday, Afrika and Sayers were taken to a tavern owner in Athlone, where they were forced to do hard labour and sleep in horrible conditions, The South African reported.
A reported by the Daily Voice added 21-year-old de Vries was taken to a house, where he overheard the recruiter and tavern owner talking.
De Vries recalled hearing the business owner say he paid R700 for each of the three men, and at that point he knew they had been sold as slaves.
De Vries added he called his father who reported the incident to police. Briefly.co.za learned the men were informed of the fake job opportunity through Afrika's cousin, a domestic worker.
The two alleged men, both aged 63, had since been arrested and charged with human trafficking.
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