- Seven Chinese nationals are going to appear at the Johannesburg High Court today for human trafficking
- The accused allegedly transported illegal immigrants to South Africa to do forced labour in a factory
- The person who transported the immigrants into the country is still on the run from the police
The seven Chinese nationals who were nabbed for allegedly running a human trafficking ring are set to appear at the Johannesburg High Court today. Six of them were given bail and one of them is still in custody after trying to flee the country.
They were arrested after the police received a tip-off that they were allegedly involved in trafficking illegal immigrants into South Africa to do forced labour.
The accused are facing six offences and are believed to have broken South African labour laws. The Department of Labour is involved in the matter to press for the prosecution of the accused.
The accused are named Kevin Tsao, Chen Hui, Qin Li, Jiaqing Zhou, Ma Biao, Dai Junying and Zhang Zhilian, according to a report by The South African.
A factory was found with over 90 Malawian nationals, 37 of them were children. According to a statement heard in court, these illegal immigrants were transported to South Africa inside containers.
The person who allegedly transported these people has been referred to as "The Transporter" by the foreign nationals and they are still on the run from the police.
According to a report by IOL, the Chinese factory was allegedly processing the inner cotton of blankets using recycled clothing.
In other mainstream news, Briefly News reported that China's economy grew by 18.3% in the first quarter despite Covid-19 challenges. China's economy grew by 18.3% in the first quarter of 2021 despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to a report by CNN, the growth was the strongest ever posted by the East Asian country since 1992 when it began recording the statistics. The double-digit growth in economic expansion was driven by a surge in retail sales, industrial production and investment in fixed assets.
According to economists, the jump would see China record an overall economic growth of between 8% and 9%, surpassing the government's projected target of 6%.
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