The 26 women that were rescued from a brothel by the Hawks in the North West Province are currently undergoing counselling, this is according to the Hawks spokesperson, Tlangelani Rikhotso.
Rikhotso says all the 26 women are still at a place of safety and efforts are still being made to reunite them with their families. She says because some of the women have been under the influence of substances abuse, they are to be rehabilitated prior to reuniting them with their families.
Rikhotso adds that a number of people from neighbouring communities have come to consult whether any of the women are their relatives.
“We’ve been receiving phone calls from a lot of people, but when they come forward or when they give us the names we establish that it’s not the same names of the women we have with us. But we had lots of phone calls and a lot of people coming through to our offices, but unfortunately the people they are enquiring about are not the women we rescued that day at the brothel” she said.
The Nigerian man who allegedly owns and run a brothel where the 26 women were rescued is still due to appear in the Klerksdorp Magistrate’s Court on the 28 of December for bail application.
He faces charges of human trafficking and sexual offences. Rikhotso says the Hawks are still on the lookout for other people that might be have been involved in the running of the brothel.
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