Here’s a rather horrific human trafficking story from the South African Police Service today. The office of the Mpumalanga Police Commissioner has managed to rescue two Pakistani nationals who had been kidnapped and trafficked into South Africa.

SAPS on the watch for human trafficking

In a statement released by SAPS on Saturday, police reveal that a high-speed chase took place on Thursday as the alleged trafficker made a run for it.

A case of kidnapping was reported at the Johannesburg Central Police Station. The case was related to a trafficker based in Malelane and Valencia in Mpumalanga. Soon after, police learned that two Pakistani nationals had been trafficked into the country via Malawai and Mozambique.

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Once they arrived in SA, the trafficker held them hostage. The one victim was freed after their family paid a ransom for release. As the second victim’s family was in communication with the kidnappers, they got the police involved.

“The second victim’s family was communicating with the kidnappers and reported the case to the SAPS in Johannesburg Central Police Station. Information was followed up and the kidnapper was spotted near Valencia.  A high-speed chase ensued and the kidnapper escaped. With the assistance of a tracking company, the kidnapper’s vehicle was located in the basement parking of iLanga Mall.” 

SAPS brigadier Selvy Mohlala

Trafficker still on the run

Mpumalanga police say the man behind the human trafficking is still on the run. Thankfully, they are aware of his identity as a businessman from the Schoemansdaal area.

Police raided a safe house where the victims were held. This led to the arrest of an undocumented Pakistani national. The victims say he was one of the “safehouse” keepers who helped them contact their families.

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