Trafficked SA woman back home safely

Princess Mahlangu was lured to Malaysia to participate in a modeling competition, which she entered through Facebook.

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula and other law enforcement officials welcome home trafficking victim Princess Mahlangu at the OR Tambo International Airport. Picture: @FikileMbalula.

JOHANNESBURG - A 24-year-old woman who was trafficked has been safely returned home after she was lured to Malaysia to participate in a modeling competition, which she entered through Facebook.

It is believed that upon her arrival in the country, the modeling competition was cancelled and Princess Mahlangu from the Free State, was kept against her will.

She managed to contact her brother in South Africa who then contacted Police Minister Fikile Mbalula on Wednesday.

Mbalula says he then informed Interpol and the Hawks to investigate the matter.

“Princess is our own child, a citizen of our country and we are very delighted to welcome her back home safely.”

He says 14 other women were also rescued and returned to their home countries.

“I’m happy to report that our efforts to bring our girl home, led to all the other potential victims being freed.”

A Nigerian and Zimbabwe men have been arrested and detained in Malaysia.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)