City of Joburg vows to clamp down human traffickers

Joburg Public Safety MMC Michael Sun says the city is adamant on rescuing other young women being held against their will in such operations.

Children are silhouetted in front of posters displayed during a prayer for Justice and Protection against Sex Trafficking of Children and Young People in Quezon City suburban Manila on 12 December, 2010, as part of the annual observance of International Day against Human Trafficking. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG – The City of Joburg says clamping down on human trafficking rings is one of its top priorities after four women were rescued from a suspected syndicate in Randburg last week.

The women, who are between the ages of 20 and 30 years old, were allegedly repeatedly raped and advertised as prostitutes on the internet.

Two men suspected of running the trafficking ring have since been arrested.

Joburg Public Safety MMC Michael Sun says the city is adamant on rescuing other young women being held against their will in such operations.

“The City of Johannesburg will not stop but will continue to smash this human trafficking syndicate and that we’ll make sure that all young girls and women being reduced to prostitution through these syndicate will be rescued and criminals booked to justice.”