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29 alleged kidnap victims discovered

The 29 alleged kidnap victims found are believed to be from Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

Police were investigation an alleged kidnapping of a woman and her 16-month-old baby at the Beitbridge border after her husband alerted police that his wife was held against her will by a group of people. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Ten people have been arrested after 29 alleged kidnap victims were found in a house in Orange Farm, south of Johannesburg.

Police say they traced 16 women and 13 men aged between 20 and 30 in a house on Saturday morning.

The victims are from Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

The police's Katlego Mogale says, "The suspects were arrested in the early hours of this morning through an investigation following a kidnapping that was reported on Friday afternoon. Currently, the Department of Home Affairs and Social Development Department are assisting the victims."

Police were investigating an alleged kidnapping of a woman and her 16-month-old baby at the Beitbridge Border after her husband alerted police that his wife was held against her will by a group of people.

Mogale says, "The group had told the husband that they were in Soweto and that he must deposit money for the safe return of his wife."

Nine men and a woman were arrested and two minibus taxis were also confiscated.

He says police are not ruling out the possibility of human trafficking.

The 10 are expected to appear in the Vereeniging Magistrate's Court soon to face charges of kidnapping.

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