Following action by the Hawks on Sunday, three brothels in Kuruman and Rustenburg were raided, leading to the arrest of five suspects allegedly involved in human trafficking and the rescue of 11 alleged victims.
The arrests were done when Hawks Northern Cape and North West Serious Organised Crime Investigation served search warrants at the Birdsong B&B and Noble Guest House in Kerk Street, both have now been closed down. Seven victims including one Zambian, one Zimbabwean, three Lesotho nationals and two South Africans were rescued at the two premises which operated as brothels.
In Kuruman, four South African women were rescued from a house. According to reports the victims, aged between 20 and 39, were forced into sexual slavery following promises of employment from the suspects.
Money, receipt books and three vehicles were also confiscated.
It is alleged that the five suspects, aged between 28 and 46, are all part of a criminal group. They were expected in the Rustenburg and Kuruman Magistrate Courts today.