Kaya 959 Reporter
The Johannesburg Metro Police Department has confirmed a Human trafficking incident where 33 Ethiopian nationals were rescued in Midrand, Johannesburg on Thursday.
One man alleged to be an Ethiopian national was arrested in relation to selling human beings to local business owners.
The Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) wrote on Twitter that 33 human-trafficking victims had been rescued. “Working on info received from CI (crime intelligence) 1x Ethiopian national arrested & 33x human trafficking victims (Ethiopian Nationals) rescued in Glen Austin, Midrand by #JMPD K9 Unit together with #SAPS Highway Patrol,” they wrote on the tweet.
Working on info received from CI 1x Ethiopian National arrested & 33x Human Trafficking Victims (Ethiopian Nationals) rescued in Glen Austin, Midrand by #JMPD K9 Unit together with #SAPS Highway Patrol. Suspect detained at Midrand SAPS & Victims taken to a place of safety. pic.twitter.com/puQqXAKbPT
— Jo’burg Metro Police Department – JMPD (@JoburgMPD) December 3, 2021
According to reports by TimesLive, the police were unable to save 65 other people who allegedly sold off to business owners for R17 000 each before the police arrived on the scene.
Wayne Minnaar, JMPD spokesperson said the victims had not eaten in four days and officers put money together and bought the 33 victims food.
“The operational team responded to the given address. On arrival the team identified the room which was used to keep the victims. The officers identified themselves to one Ethiopian male who was guarding the premises. The man refused to open for the police, who had already seen the victims in one room,” he said.