72 human trafficking victims rescued in KZN

Authorities say they were brought from Swaziland & Lesotho to South Africa on Friday for labour exploitation.

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JOHANNESBURG – The Hawks in KwaZulu-Natal have rescued 72 human trafficking victims.

Authorities say they were brought from Swaziland and Lesotho to South Africa on Friday for labour exploitation.

It’s understood the group worked in a factory in Newcastle.

Preliminary investigations show they were brought into the country illegally.

The Hawks’ Simphiwe Mhlongo says five people have been arrested.

“They were in the country illegally. They do not have work permits and they also found that they were not being paid accordingly. The Department of Labour is playing a role in terms of dealing with that issue.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)