220 young people who were left stranded in Wonder Park in Tshwane today could provide police with a much-needed breakthrough with regards to a human trafficking ring in the area.
Gauteng Social Development Department has said the 220 rescued youths recalled being held by a man who had promised them employment.
The man had kept them all in a large house after having collected R300 from them as payment for “recruiting” them.
This comes a few weeks after a Limpopo teenager reported that he and his sister, had been kidnapped and sexually assaulted at a house in Johannesburg, along with an undisclosed number of young people.
The young man was found unconscious on the side of the road in a Johannesburg residential area and told police that he and his sister had responded to an advertisement on social media and come to Gauteng via train with the promise of employment.
Upon arrival, the two were taken to an unknown location and drugged before being abused and assaulted. The boy’s sister was then allegedly sent to Lagos Nigeria as either a slave or a drug-mule according to early investigations by police.
The Saps have yet to release information on this most recent development, but they are hopeful that it will provide new leads surrounding this very disturbing crime ring.