JOHANNESBURG - A human trafficking ring that lured victims by promising them high paying jobs and then subjected them to a life of prostitution and drugs has been bust by the cops.
The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation - better known as the Hawks - on Friday said its anti-human trafficking team had this week arrested three suspects linked to separate cases of trafficking of persons across provinces.
Western Cape Hawks spokesperson, Captain Philani Nkwalase, said one of the arrested suspects, Leandre Meryl Williams Ayuk (35), appeared at the Springbok Magistrates court on Wednesday.
"She allegedly recruited victims under false pretences to travel from Springbok to Cape Town. They were allegedly coerced to a life of drugs and prostitution on their arrival ... two victims managed to escape and returned home," said Nkwalase.
"Ayuk allegedly recruited the victims for her husband Edward Ayuk ... also arrested for a similar offence back in September 2017."