A Zimbabwean woman escaped a life of perpetual sexual exploitation after she allegedly refused submission to two men who had trafficked her from Johannesburg to Cape Town, two South African cities.
Sowetan Live reports that the woman’s captors, Lebogang Molapo‚ 33‚ and Ndubuisi Andy Okafor‚ 34‚ were nabbed by the Hawks’ anti-human trafficking team and the City of Cape Town’s law enforcement vice squad.
The Hawks, who are South Africa’s famed crime-busting police unit, arrested the duo after a raid on a house in Milnerton last week.
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In a press statement on Wednesday, Hawks spokesperson Cpt Philani Nkwalase said:
The Zimbabwean-born woman‚ who left her country of birth to find work‚ was enticed to travel by bus with her recruiter as she could not immediately find a job in Johannesburg.
When the woman arrived in Cape Town, the duo took her to a house in Farnworth Street, Rugby, where she was locked up during the day and forced into prostitution and drugs at night.
The Hawks, however, did not reveal the woman’s identity.