Human trafficker gets life sentence

2011-07-20 14:29

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.

  • - 2011-07-20 14:51

    i dont agree with this at all, its disgusting what he did and deserves the life sentence but then also when it comes to convicted murderers and rapists in this country - they get off in +-2 years - if that. how does the law work? - it doesnt

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-07-20 16:10


  • saabnut - 2011-07-20 14:51

    Better still, hang her. Why should we support her for the rest of her filthy life?

  • - 2011-07-20 14:52

    Why cant the law send a 'clear message' (as they put it) to all the other criminals involving rape, fraud and murder.

      symbiosis1981 - 2011-07-20 15:04

      recently rapist are getting life sentences, but i think its a bit unfair if we always point a finger at the law what about lawyers that defends these criminals out? i means as a lawyer why would you want to defend someone who raped a child,

      DEVILS SON - 2011-07-20 15:37

      symbiosis..easy answer, law is about money, not morals - 2011-07-20 16:04

      symbiosis..i actually sawthe life sentence atricle involving rape after i posted this comment..first one iv seen though.

  • amdisgusted - 2011-07-20 14:55

    When are you arresting the 'nigerians' - or are you also as scared of them as cele is with madonsela's report?

      Azizi - 2011-07-20 15:25

      I find your comment very immature.

      DEVILS SON - 2011-07-20 16:44

      nigerians are maybe 5% of the problem, they are not the crime in this beautiful country, the crime here is locals, its government and police, thats where the real danger lies, if the nigerians go the violent locals will be the new "hard drug " dealers, thats a fact.

  • expressions9 - 2011-07-20 15:19

    why does it have to be about nigerians? all criminals no matter their nationality or ethnicity should be punished and meet the full extent of the law if they are breaking the laws of this land

      Jacqui - 2011-07-20 19:04

      almost every big drug bust involves Nigerians - read the papers and watch the news.

      R.Suppards - 2011-07-20 21:29

      All drug dealers should be exterminated, irrespective of their nationality.

  • naomi.downing1 - 2011-07-20 15:20

    i realy wish the death penalty could be brought back...sighs

  • frangelico - 2011-07-20 15:36

    Put the bitch in a cell full of hardcore lesbians for as long as it takes for her to expire from overuse or she takes her own life.

  • Skeptical - 2011-07-20 15:42

    Am I the only person who thinks that 1 year is WAY too lenient a sentence for ruining the lives of these 3 young girls? How is this going to send a clear message to other trafficers? If they're unfortunate enough to get caught (how many of them are?) then they will get off with a light sentence anyway so where is the deterent? Just doesn't make sense to me.

      Big Al - 2011-07-20 15:45

      Can you read???

      Skeptical - 2011-07-20 15:47

      Sorry - just re-read the article! I saw the bit at the bottom where it said she was sentenced to 1 year for living off the money. Appologies people!

  • Bernard Visagie. - 2011-07-20 15:44

    Thumbs up if you would rather vote for a immediate execution outside?

  • snickertates - 2011-07-20 15:48

    Disgusting. What a shame to the female community. What kind of message are u sending to our species?! i hope you are not a mother. I hope your kids will never have to grow up knowing what a vile person gave birth to them. No punishment could possibly right what she did but i hope, by the grace of God, sense becomes her and she suddenly realises what she has done and the the immense regret and shame eats at her and kills her soul. I believe the hardest punishment is regret for your crimes. You cannot suffer until then.

  • Dubya - 2011-07-20 16:40

    Death sentence to human traffickers!

  • Simson - 2011-07-20 17:03

    This is the way to go, I am an Investigator who work for an International Human Rights Org and investigated and infiltrated a number of child sex trafficking syndicates in the East (Cambodia) and in Africa. I rescued a number of children and secure prosecution for perpetrators in the last four years and know what these children go through, and believe me; many are sold by their own parents and suffer to the hand of the perpetrators due to poverty and ignorance by power actors. The paedophiles which I profiled internationally over a number of years will like what some of you say.... give them to them. I provided training and information sessions in South Africa on this subject, and sorry to say that South Africans live in denial on this. The DVD’s which I shown them was “to disgusting and appalling, selling of children) that they did not want to take notice of this. The police at one seminar indicated that this is currently not their priority, however all the real case scenarios were on the dot, which means that this is real and happening here. I am back in SA and offered my services for free to any organization who wants to root (reduce) this evil.

      Thinus - 2011-07-21 22:38

      Hi Simson, There may be many institutions who could use you, but please get in touch with Errol Naidoo of the Family Policy Institute at Tel: 021 462 7888 or by e-mail: Bless you.

      Margaret - 2011-09-28 08:51

      Simson, why don't you approach the Salvation Army. They are very pro-active in the area of human trafficking. THe lady in charge used to be Marika Venter, but she is shortly being relocated overseas. But they will replace her with a worthy and well-informed, active person. This is high priority in the Salvation Army.

  • Jacqui - 2011-07-20 19:07

    I am pleased that a harsh sentence has been imposed. I hope other learn from this. Good work from police. Keep it up.

  • R.Suppards - 2011-07-20 21:27

    Take him to the gallows at Pretoria Central, I'll hang the bastard myself. Reinstate the death penalty for scum such as this,plus all child rapists, all murderers of policemen.

  • Margaret - 2011-09-28 08:48

    Let the punishment fit the crime. A life sentence for this woman is fitting. I applaud the police and the justice system with regard to this one instance. I also applaud organisations like the Salvation Army who give such high priority to human trafficking. I pray that more perpetrators will be found, and taken off our streets into prison where they will serve their sentence-HARD LABOUR.I say do not release them, as they will just continue what they did before.Criminals must learn that CRIME DOESN'T PAY!!!

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