THE Hawks in the Free State are searching for a woman, identified as Betty Buthelezi (see picture). She is wanted in connection with sex trading after falsely recruiting four women from Qwaqwa, promising them employment in Johannesburg. Capt. S’fiso Nyakane, spokesperson of the Hawks in the Free State, said the woman identified as Betty Buthelezi, allegedly took four women from Phuthaditjhaba in May this year under the false pretence of recruiting them for jobs in Johannesburg. The Hawks are appealing to members of the public to assist with information regarding the whereabouts of Buthelezi. Nyakane has also appealed to people in the greater Qwaqwa, whose family member(s), being women who left their homes due to job offers in Johannesburg during May this year and who have never returned, to also come forward. He said Buthelezi reportedly left with the four women from Phuthaditjhaba on 15 May this year. The women had apparently been told that they would work as waitresses in restaurants. Nyakane said the four women were taken to a flat in Hillbrow, Johannesburg, for a “brief rest”. “Upon arrival in Johannesburg she took them to a flat for a brief rest before meeting the boss of the restaurant. While at the flat, a Nigerian male came to inform them that they were going to work as prostitutes. “One of the four women managed to escape and reported the matter to the Jeppe Police Station,” said Nyakane. He said the other three women, including Buthelezi, were still missing. He said the Jeppe Police managed to arrest three Nigerian nationals regarding the case. Nyakane said although the four women were all from Phuthaditjhaba, initial findings were that they had been strangers to each other and had met for the first time via Buthelezi. He said the woman who managed to escape was unable to give details about the other missing women and of Buthelezi. This complicates the police’s investigations into the sex trade. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Buthelezi, as well as families of the missing three women, should contact WO Adriaan Jordan on 015-407-3634 or 082-554-1796.