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Ministry Secures a Victim of Alleged Human Trafficking

On Wednesday close to midnight Minister Fikile Mbalula received information that a South African citizen, female aged 24 years old from Bloemfontein could be subject to human trafficking.

Minister Mbalula immediately activated his office, Interpol and Hawks to investigate.

The Minister wishes to report that indeed a suspected case of international human-trafficking was in progress in Malaysia where at least females from 14 countries were dubbed into a fake internet (web based) model competition which attracted females as far as Barbados to Asia and South Africa promising a great life with great prizes to be won.

The speed in intervention assisted South Africa to rescue females from 14 nations including a South African.

The South African victim is now safe and secured with a male, Nigerian national suspect already arrested in Malaysia after a sting operation on Friday.

“We are working to safely get our girl home by Monday latest, in the meantime she is safe and has been seen by our embassy representatives in Kuala Lumpur” said a relieved Mbalula who had been working behind the scenes on the matter.

“All I thought of was - not another hashtag - We must bring our girl home, and I am glad she is now safe and is in good care” - “ The issue of human-trafficking is extremely serious and I want our young women in particular to know that they are the most vulnerable group to sex-traffickers who later harvest human organs from them for trade in illicit organ transplant markets”; Mbalula elaborated.

The Minister wishes to thank Interpol, Malaysian Police and Hawks coordinated by Ministry of Police who worked together behind the scenes on this successful project.

“My greatest concern was the South African and having the rest of these innocent young women rescued is fantastic - a good way to end the week, I expect to welcome our citizen back home by Tuesday next week - unfortunately she has to spend her birthday on the flight but we are very happy she will soon be home” said Mbalula

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Mr Vuyo Mhaga (Spokesperson)
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International Labour Organization states; between 600,000 to 800,000 men, women and children are trafficked across international borders each year. Approximately 80 per cent are women and girls. Up to 50% are minors. At least 20.9 million people are victims of tarfficking worldwide.

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