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Hawks hunt for house owner after rescuing 16 trafficked girls

The girls, aged between 15 and 18, were found during an operation by the Hawks yesterday.

The Hawks will take delivery of 80 of these. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Hawks are searching for the owner of a house in Kempton Park where 16 teenage girls were rescued from a human trafficking ring.

The girls, aged between 15 and 18, were found during an operation by the Hawks yesterday.

It's understood they were lured to the area from various parts of the country, with the promise of employment in the city.

Four men were arrested and drugs as well as pornographic material confiscated.

The Hawk's Hangwani Mulaudzi said, "Unfortunately we could not locate the owner of the house but we managed to arrest bout four suspects whom we believe these are their so-called pimps."