Suspects arrested for involvement in alleged human trafficking

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Tebogo Msimanga |

Limpopo Police arrested two suspects soon after the victim, who is a foreign national, was reportedly deceived and lured into the country for non-existing employment. She allegedly ended up being subjected to a prolonged rape until she managed to escape and reported the ordeal at Mankweng Police Station on Tuesday 10 August 2021.

Limpopo Police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said the victim, aged 23, was allegedly called by her cousin who promised her employment at Ga-Thoka village under Mankweng policing area.

“After depositing the money for her transport, the victim reportedly travelled from Lesotho to the said area where, upon her arrival towards the end of last month, her cousin allegedly handed her over to a certain man as her husband.”

Mojapelo added that the said suspect allegedly raped the young woman for the whole period until she managed to escape the ordeal. “The Police then reacted swiftly and arrested the victim’s cousin aged 24 and the second suspect aged 32.”

They will appear in Mankweng magistrate court soon on charges of rape and human trafficking.The case was handed over to the Hawks for further investigations.

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