16 girls rescued from human traffickers - report

2016-07-16 14:35


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Cape Town – In a joint operation between the Hawks and the South African Police Service, 16 girls have been rescued from a human trafficking ring.

The operation took place in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni and the girls reported to officers that they were forced to have sex with up to 15 men per day, ENCA reported.

Hawks head Lieutenant-General Berning Ntlemeza said the girls were from SA and some parents were unaware that their daughters were being abused.

New and used condoms were strewn across the floor in filthy bedrooms where men reportedly paid between R50 and R70 to have sex with the girls.

The Hawks said multiple arrests have been made and the girls appeared starved and drugged.

In the US, the National Human Trafficking Resource Centre reported 1 654 cases of trafficking so far in 2016.

Its Polaris Project says that signs of possible human trafficking include people who work unusually long hours, have very little personal freedom, and shows signs of torture.

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