- The Hawks have swooped in and arrested five suspects linked to human trafficking in South Africa
- The suspects were allegedly involved with trafficking people from Limpopo, Lesotho and Namibia
- The police raided three properties and would release more information at a later stage
The Hawks have arrested five alleged human traffickers in Rustenburg and Kuruman on Sunday after a series of raids on three properties.
The five male suspects were arrested for allegedly trafficking women from provinces across South Africa, including Limpopo, Lesotho and Namibia.
The suspects were arrested at three properties after the Hawks conducted a raid, more details will follow when the police are able to shed more light on the situation.
South African's had a lot to say about the arrests:
"Not so long ago your useless minister said there was no human trafficking in S.A, his obsession with alcohol is exposing his incompetence."
Shaz Shirley Makhubela:
"Not long we were told human trafficking is just a rumour now what is this. Well done more still has to be done."
Anele Zikhali Luhadi:
"Good job well done , but please justice system of South Africa don't give such people a bail cause you are failing us and what is good please."
This comes at the right time as recently South Africans took to the streets to protest human trafficking. Police Minister Bheki Cele has also come under fire for allegedly not taking human trafficking as serious as lockdown regulations.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Police Minister Bheki Cele has been criticised a lot recently. First, South Africans slammed him over his strong opposition to alcohol during lockdown and now the minister's statement about human trafficking landed him in hot water.
During an interview, Cele was asked about the growing issue of human trafficking in South Africa. The minister said:
"I am not sure whether there is growth is human trafficking number or the issue is receiving publicity."
In other news, human trafficking in South Africa is rampant, but South Africa cannot overcome it by itself. While addressing Drugs and Crime, UN Office stated that human trafficking is the fastest-growing international crime.
The crime is divided into external and internal human trafficking, whereby the illegal operations are conducted within or beyond a nation's boundaries.
In 2017, statistics from the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Walk Free Foundation revealed that around 40.3 million people were reported to be in modern slavery.
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