Human trafficking, 44 people rescued, Kuruman

South African Police Service

Human trafficking, 44 people rescued, Kuruman
Human trafficking, 44 people rescued, Kuruman

The Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation team led a multidisciplinary operation consisting of the Provincial Crime Intelligence, Kimberley K9, Kuruman Highway Patrol, Kuruman LCRC, Mothibistad Visible Policing, Department of Social Development, Labour and Home Affairs.

The operation came after suspicion of human trafficking surfaced in Mothibistad location in Kuruman.

A group of eight people visited the local police station and complained of being brought to Kuruman under false pretenses. The group alleged that they were recruited from the Gauteng province with a promise of learnership in electricity and lights making.

They were further promised accommodation, food, and an amount of money. Police immediately launched an inquiry on the allegations as they included elements of human trafficking which is one the problematic crimes in the province.

The investigation revealed that the group actually consisted of 44 people, (nine females and 35 males).

Their accommodation was not up to standard and were provided with one meal per day. The team made arrangements to provide the group with temporary accommodation and the Department of Social Development provided meals while plans were being made to transport the group back to Gauteng province.

The Hawks team managed to transport the group back to Gauteng in the early hours of 6 August 2022.

The Provincial Head Major General Kholekile Galawe applauded the team for a job well done.

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SOURCESouth African Police Service