Four Bangladeshis have been rescued from captivity after the police nabbed two men suspected of human trafficking in an operation led by the Hawks involving crime intelligence and the Nelspruit dog unit. Two men were holding four people captive in a house in order to get a ransom for their freedom.
The two, Atif Ali, aged 27, and Subuj Miah, aged 30, were left in custody by the Nelspruit district court on Tuesday.
Four people from Bangladesh were heading to Mozambique via Dakar, according to Hawks spokesperson Capt Dineo Lucy Sekgotodi.
“They were then allegedly forced to walk to South Africa, until they were picked up in Komatipoort and transported to the house in Nelspruit,” Sekgotodi stated. “The victims alleged that their captors phoned their relatives in Bangladesh and demanded ransom money for their release. The two suspects were arrested on the premises and have been charged with trafficking in persons.”
The victims were transported to a place of safety. They are being provided with psychological assistance.
The authorities made the bust after following up on information about the people being held against their will at a house in Nelspruit’s Bellview Estate.