Human trafficker gets life sentence
Pretoria - Human trafficker Adina dos Santos was sentenced to life imprisonment at the Pretoria Regional Court in Gauteng, the Hawks said on Wednesday.
Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela said she was sentenced on Tuesday after she was found guilty of trafficking three girls from Mozambique in February 2008.
The girls, who were between 14 and 17-years-old at the time, were kept at a house in Moreleta outside Pretoria and were forced into prostitution by Dos Santos, he said.
Dos Santos was also given a one-year sentence for living off the money she had made from the girls.
The girls, who returned to Mozambique after testifying against Dos Santos were in court when the sentence was handed down.
Polela said the police hoped the sentence would send a clear message to those who trafficked young girls and profited from their sexual exploitation.