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'Victims of trafficking safe'

At least 10 suspects have been arrested and are expected to appear in court on Monday.

FILE: Beitbridge. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Home Affairs said on Monday it's working with authorities to ensure the safety of women and children involved in an alleged human trafficking ring in Orange Farm, Johannesburg.

At least 30 victims from Zimbabwe and Mozambique were traced to four houses at the weekend where they were apparently held captive for refusing to pay a bribe.

The victims were 16 women and 13 men aged between 20 and 30.

The police were led to the houses while investigating the alleged kidnapping of a woman and her baby from the Beitbridge border post after her husband told police she was being held against her will.

At least 10 suspects have since been arrested.

Home Affairs' Ronnie Mamoepa said, "Government will work hard to ensure that human trafficking is stopped and those implicated in the matter will face the consequences."

A total of nine men and a woman were arrested and two minibus taxis were also impounded.

The police's Katlego Mogale said they were not ruling out the possibility of human trafficking.

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