Tebogo Msimanga |
One Ethiopian male and female suspect were arrested by the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) Integrated Intelligence Operations Centre (IIOC) Undercover officers for suspected Human Trafficking in Meredale. On Wednesday, 15 June 2022 officers followed up on information received about human trafficking in Meredale. Officers proceeded to the given location, Sparrowgate Lifestyle Estate.
JMPD Spokesperson Xolani Fihla said upon arrival, the complainant showed officers four Ethiopian teenage boys who had allegedly escaped from their traffickers. “The complainant led officers to an apartment in the Estate, where the Ethiopian boys were being held against their will. In that apartment, officers found an Ethiopian male and female. They were questioned regarding the four Ethiopian boys who had escaped from their apartment”.
Fihla said the two alleged that the boys were brought by their friend and that he was going to fetch them later. “Officers then interviewed the boys who told them that the male had threatened to kill them if they try to escape, and they were kept hostage without their consent”.
The two Ethiopian nationals were arrested and detained at Mondeor SAPS. Cash valued at R92 000 was found in the apartment, seized and booked in at Mondeor SAPS.