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Police have rescued four young women held for sex trade from an ‘opulent’ home in Durban

Last updated on 2022-03-04

The Hawks are investigating the case of human trafficking after five young women were allegedly held captive as sex workers at an opulent home, North of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

It is alleged one of the victims met with a recruiter in Johannesburg, who told her about an enticing job in Durban and that she would work in a call centre selling sim cards to the elite.

According to the police, the imposter had allegedly persuaded the woman to find and recruit more women for the job.

It is alleged the victim approached her mother and explained to her the legitimacy of the job offer and that the man had real documentation to support his claims.

The young woman bought the idea, and she then persuaded four other women, some of whom were her relatives, to accept the job offer.

The unemployed young women were brought from Johannesburg, duped into believing they had landed jobs at a call center, only to be locked in a house and told they would start working as sex traffickers.

The KwaZulu-Natal Police spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Nqobile Gwala confirmed five women, aged between 19 and 27, boarded a bus from Johannesburg on Monday evening, February 28, 2022, paid for by their potential employers, and arrived in Durban the following morning.

He said the women were picked up at the bus terminal and taken to a very luxurious house in Durban North.

Upon arrival, they were told to freshen up and rest before meeting their new boss, who would explain the details of their duties. But one of them decided not to stay and managed to sneak out as soon as they arrived, “said Gwala.

Gwala added that the story that they would be involved in the sex trade unfolded at an employers’ meeting and they were ordered not to go to the front of the house where people would see them.

According to the women, said Gwala, there were times when the boss would call them one by one and touch them indecently.

“During the entire ordeal, one of the women managed to secretly use her phone to get outside help.”

Gwala said the four women were rescued from the house following the operation led by the provincial commissioner, Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi.

He said the human trafficking case was opened and sent to the Hawks for further investigation.

So far, no one has been arrested.

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