How a ‘shop assistant’ helped bust human trafficking ring

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15 January 2018 – 07:18

BY KGAUGELO MASWENENG AND GRAEME HOSKEN

David (NOT HIS REAL NAME), who is believed to have been trafficked, and who blew the whistle on the alleged traffickers, poses for an anonymous picture. Ten people including those from Lesotho and South Africa were found and rescued from the farm, near Welkom, in The Free State. Six suspects were arrested for alleged human trafficking.

David (NOT HIS REAL NAME), who is believed to have been trafficked, and who blew the whistle on the alleged traffickers, poses for an anonymous picture. Ten people including those from Lesotho and South Africa were found and rescued from the farm, near Welkom, in The Free State. Six suspects were arrested for alleged human trafficking. 
Image: ALON SKUY

David* arrived in South Africa last week‚ with the promise of work as a shop assistant in the Free State mining town of Welkom.

Instead‚ with the threat of violence and death hanging over him‚ he was forced to guard women who had been lured from across southern Africa to the Free State with the promise of work.

The syndicate‚ which operates primarily out of Lesotho‚ preys on people’s desperation for work. Like scores of others‚ David believed the offer‚ made by two Lesotho women he knew‚ was the answer to getting his family out of a life of poverty. The women recruited David and three other men‚ who used false passports to travel across the border and into South Africa.

“We were told there was lots of work in Welkom. That we could earn R2‚400 a month. That’s a lot of money for someone from Lesotho. We were desperate‚” David said.

read more from the Source: https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2018-01-15-how-a-shop-assistant-helped-bust-human-trafficking-ring/

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