Raid too late to rescue 100 sex slaves

2011-04-26 11:35

Durban - The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) is keeping tight-lipped about its investigations into a possible human trafficking syndicate that is allegedly recruiting women and girls from other parts of Africa and putting them to work in the sex trade.

Police raided a farm at Paulpietersburg - believed to be used by the syndicate as a base - and a brothel on Friday, but found the place empty, leading them to believe that somehow the syndicate had been tipped off.

Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela said on Monday the police would not release more information to the media. A Durban newspaper on Monday quoted police spokesperson Vincent Mdunge as saying the police narrowly missed rescuing about 100 women and girls during the raid.

He said their investigations showed that this was the most serious case of human trafficking they have come across. It is thought the syndicate recruits women in Mozambique and Zimbabwe and sends them abroad, even to countries like the Netherlands, to work in the sex trade.

Mdunge said they are also following up on information that some children are being held in other parts of the country.

The police are worried about what might happen to the children as long as they remain in the hands of their captors. That is why they are working with SADC and Interpol to make sure the girls are not smuggled across borders.


  • Barry - 2011-04-26 11:44

    Human trafficking in this day and age? What is coming to this world?

      Bonga86 - 2011-04-26 11:52

      you stupid

      Rammsteen - 2011-04-26 12:04

      Prossies are coming to this world Barry.

      Audsta - 2011-04-26 12:06

      Trafficking is a lucrative industry. It has been identified as the fastest growing criminal industry in the world. Globally, it is tied with the illegal arms trade, as the second largest criminal activity, following the drug trade.

      IVV - 2011-04-27 08:40

      Wake up and smell the coffee!

      roboman1 - 2011-04-27 13:56

      Legalise prostitution, simple. That way it will not be called "human trafficking" and girls can get proper jobs, medical aid, pensions etc. This is a pathetic double standard.

      Krush - 2011-04-27 18:40

      Roboman you idiot - half these women do not CHOOSE to be in this profession. They are raped, drugged and forced into it. Catch a wake up.

      poenskop - 2011-07-21 08:03

      roboman1, you bloody moron. legalising it doesn't not mske it "better". the pain, the destriyed self worth, the drugs and all the horror of being mounted by an endless stream of men is all still there!!! do you think it is all roses? it is demeaning and degrading.

  • bosegoos - 2011-04-26 11:44

    If the raids of the Hawks are leaked it places serious questionmark behind the integrity of this so-called elite unit. It is sad to note that corruption has also krept into this unit.

      Frungy - 2011-04-27 01:59

      The integrity of this unit was compromised the moment it was formed, it reports to politicians and even the South African courts have said that's not on. I have little doubt that the people in this unit are great people, but for so long as they report to corrupt politicians their integrity will also be stained. As for this specific incidents... in other news Zuma acquires 100 more "wives".

      moiraine - 2011-04-27 08:38

      Maybe they raided the neighbouring farm first?

  • theunis.smit - 2011-04-26 11:48

    That is why the scorions was better no corrupt police generals to tip off the crooks

      enrolics - 2011-04-26 11:53

      No Theunis, can't you read between the lines here. Its media sources/journos who probably leaked this info.

      FrankLee - 2011-04-26 12:00

      Enrolics, Your statement makes me wonder : Just how do YOU know it was the journos/sources who leaked the information? Do you have an insiders knowledge that others are not privy to? What makes you so sure that it wasn't a leak in the HAWKs unit somewhere?

      Creeky - 2011-04-26 12:16

      Is it not strange how lately whenever some Crime Boss is apprehended, some TOP COPS' names are connected...and then DENIED! This "MISSED" rescue, does NOT surprise me either! There HAS TO be cops involved with the tip off, it is EXPECTED!!!!!

      Warren - 2011-04-27 12:18

      Lately, in South Africa, it would'nt be too far fetched to suspect cops being involved with the running of this syndicate.

      grant9 - 2011-08-15 14:59

      You beat me to it boet! We know why the scorpions were disbanded - they were too efficient for the ANCs liking.

  • Triggster - 2011-04-26 11:58

    Please, these trafficers have probably bribed all the people they need to and will always stay one step ahead of our supposed "elite" units. This is South Africa, where everyone has their price and will happily turn a blind eye if their palms are crossed with enough silver. I feel for the victims though, what they have to endure will be pure hell...

  • Triggster - 2011-04-26 12:00

    Please, these trafficers have probably bribed all the people they need to and will always stay one step ahead of our supposed "elite" units. This is South Africa, where everyone has their price and will happily turn a blind eye if their palms are crossed with enough silver. I feel for the victims though, what they have to endure will be pure hell...

  • Prism - 2011-04-26 12:05

    Sex trafficking is identified as the fastest growing criminal industry in the world. The traffickers, most commonly known as pimps offers promises of marriage, employment or a better life and these girls easily fall into there traps. Government is also taking actions against trafficking, but yet there is no end to it. Every individual has a skill they can contribute to fight sex trafficking, and together we can end slavery in our lifetime. “Inhuman Traffic” is a gripping documentary, which shares the story of Anna and Tatiana who were trapped in the trafficking chain. This documentary also gives an insight into the trafficking chain and how we can help break that chain.

      Frungy - 2011-04-27 02:01

      There's a lot of fuss over "trafficking", but considering that these women are from countries like the Congo one has to ask the question, "Are they really worse off?". Being raped in the Congo by rebels vs being paid prostitutes in another country. Yeah, it's not ideal (neither is anything really), but at least they're being paid and have less chance of being shot randomly by a dissatisfied rebel.

  • Koning - 2011-04-26 12:16

    All the best in arresting the perpetrators.

      grant9 - 2011-08-15 15:07

      I think I have more chance of falling pregnant than seeing that happen.

  • Lihle - 2011-04-26 13:01

    Its like back in the good old days of the Cape Flats' Stagie twins. The twins knew of all the raids 36 hours before they took place. There was even a widely reported incident when one of the twins told police that they are two hours late...the raid was planned for midday and not 14h00. The poiunt being that if the "ELITE", "the creme dela creme", the unit that cops are falling over each other to be enrolled in leaks information at this level, imagine what would happen if they have to protect.....I'll leave the rest to you imagination.

  • The Wonderer - 2011-04-26 14:07

    These guys obviously paid some corrupt cops to keep an ear on the ground for them LOL!! There's a leak in the security of the HAWKS hehe...

  • BigMoose - 2011-04-26 14:14

    Rumour has it they raided the wrong farm.

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  • Susannomore - 2011-04-26 20:37

    Another example of the sick society we have become.

  • bb - 2011-04-26 22:29

    S.A is a very easy country for criminals to operate in with cops that can be so easily bribed.Very sad that innocent people are suffering like this.

  • twolips - 2011-04-26 23:52

    How can you "narrowly miss" the sudden departure of 100 girls in a small place like PPB??

      Larro - 2011-04-27 00:51

      The 'narrow miss' can happen when you lose your way, can't read a map and stop at KFC for lunch. Stupidity and incompetence causes such 'narrow misses'.

      Warren - 2011-04-27 12:27

      According to the cops a narrow miss = 1 week.

  • kevs - 2011-04-27 02:10

    I do blame all of SA for this state. Fo r we are so insensitive to crime, so bloody stingy, so everything negative....We will see someone suspicious, and believe our hearts something is up, but we will first think about the R1 it is going to cost us for an sms...and then 5 days later we hear so and so has beem mocked or robbed or killed by so and so...We are realy pathetic where it comes to protecting our own....All we care about is me and my family...thats IT. No problem someone can robb aunty Lettie or Gogo Ndluvu.....No problem as ong it does not knowck on my door, that's if I have one.....I do not even blame the criminals, bercause if we as communites get our act together, this country would be so much better...Most of us should be co-accused..."If my People shall humble themselves and pray and seek my face and Turn from their wicked ways then shall I hear from heaven and heal their land". We have lost touch with the God given assignment to us - LOVE.

      Pearson - 2011-04-27 10:44

      Hopelessly stupid comment, what a waste of three seconds of my life

  • Zetez - 2011-04-27 10:12

    Everybody must do something about this, lets all be on the look out. One can only imagine the condition under which these kids are.

  • c1 - 2011-04-27 11:25

    at least they got the address right this time...

  • Zambezi - 2011-04-27 11:43

    "but found the place empty, leading them to believe that somehow the syndicate had been tipped off." Does this surprise anyone...? Somehow, I believe the traffickers can pay your average policeman a lot more than he is earning.... And anyway, SAPS is just a corrupt bunch of uneducated members.

      Warren - 2011-04-27 12:11

      My thoughts exactly!!! Some "cop" has extended the misery of these women for a few lousy bucks. (I wonder if he (the informer) would find it funny if his daughter or sister was next on the list). However, when somebody deceides to become a policeman, the decision should'nt be made with greed in mind!!!

  • raspatin - 2011-04-27 12:03

    As much as I love having fun with the prosties,I hate this S#!T ! Young kids should not be involved in any way -I'm married I have 4 beautiful kids and I wouldn't want them to be in this.Prostituted are providers of joy so please "more prostitution and less of this s#!t.ARREST THE CULPRITS NOW !

  • Lisaman - 2011-04-27 13:13

    I had suspected human trafficking next door to me and the police did not respond after numerous calls. The police are in on it and used to visit the house. I even took the number plates to the police. They don't really care but like to just show thay do!!!

  • Jeffery - 2011-04-27 14:51

    I do not understand Africa. Here is man's cradle. Here is where man has lived the longest. Here is where man should be at his most advanced - not left behind in mud and dirt. And don't blame the 'white man' - white man did not evolve first. Black man did. So how come and why the hell is Africa so far behind? They should be the most enlightened of all! And yet ... sadness reigns. Slavery continues among the one race of all races who should be most sensitive to the issues. What in the F! is wrong with Africa?!! Why can't they 'get it together' and LEAD mankind - instead of showing us what is wrong with them? Strange and odd world we live in: those who should be furthest ahead - are some of the furthest behind. Very confusing to me.

  • Craig - 2011-05-17 15:19

    "They were somehow tipped off".... of course they were... the cops are just a corrupt as the talks and child porn continues....

  • Sameera - 2011-05-17 15:26

    this is disgusting- i hope they find these girls...- imagine if that was your mother/daughter/wife? these people are kidnapped or taken against their will!

  • grant9 - 2011-08-15 15:18

    Reports saythe 100 women were taken to Cele's house for protection and he's chest pains as a result.

  • Craig - 2012-02-14 00:32

    Catch the perps and kill them - simple

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