Alleged Nigerian Brothel Owner set to spend New Years behind bars

The Nigerian man believed to be one of the runners of the brothel in Klerkdorp where 26 women were rescued will remain in custody until his court appearance next year. Image: Supplied

The Nigerian national who was arrested during a raid in the Klerksdorp area in the North West has appeared in court on charges of human trafficking and is set to spend New Year’s in custody.

The man, who is known as Charles Chukwukere Okopie, allegedly owns a brothel where 26 females, including young girls, were found earlier this month.

Okopie was arrested following a statement made by one of the women who alleged that he was one of the runners of the brothel.

The women have since been move to  a place of safety where they also receive counselling and rehabilitation as many of them were under the influence of drugs and other substances. Hawks spokesperson Tlangelani Rikhotso said, “The case was remanded to 9 January 2017 for a further bail application.”

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