Suspected brothel owner to apply for bail after Christmas

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The Nigerian man who allegedly owns and runs a brothel where 26 women were rescued by the Hawks last Friday, is due to appear in the Klerksdorp Magistrate’s Court on December 28 for his bail application.

He faces charges of human trafficking and sexual offences. According to Hawks spokesperson, Tlangelani Rikhotso, the Hawks are on the lookout for some other people who might also be involved. She says in the meanwhile, the women have been placed in a safe home and they are in talks with the Department of Social Development to provide counselling.

“They are still currently at the place of safety. We can’t just hand them over to anybody that claims they are their family. There is a process to be followed, hence we are still in talks with the other departments. They are all safe, we also want to ensure that they receive the necessary counselling, so it is quite a lengthy process” she says.

Rikhotso adds that it has been established that some of the women have been under the influence of various substances, and are to be taken to rehab before they will be reunited with their families. She says although some of the women maintain that they were at the brothel at their own free will, investigations indicate that some of them were trafficked to the brothel. Rikhotso says investigations continue.

Katleho Morapela/Courant News

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