Hawks rescue Cape Town woman from traffickers after being lured to Johannesburg

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Alleged trafficker Felix Christopher Eghan appeared before the Randburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday for trafficking in persons and possession of counterfeit goods after investigations led to the rescue of a Cape Town woman who was held captive against her will in Johannesburg.

It was alleged that in November last year, the 34-year-old victim was lured from Cape Town to Johannesburg with promises of lucrative job opportunities, stated Hawks spokesperson Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu.

“The investigation revealed that the victim was held captive against her will at different lodges within the Johannesburg area since her arrival,” Mulamu stated.

“She was rescued during a disruptive operation conducted by Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation in Johannesburg, Randburg and Douglasdale police, last week Friday, 19 February 2021.”

Police also seized electronic gadgets for further investigation.

Mulamu added, “Counterfeit goods consisting of luxurious time pieces, clothes, and perfumes worth approximately R100 000 were also confiscated.”

Eghan (32) was remanded in custody pending further investigation and outstanding suspects are still being sought.

The case has been postponed to Monday, 1 March 2021.