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Two men appear in Upington court for human trafficking

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It is alleged that the victims were lured from Upington to Sandton where they were used for prostitution.

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TWO MEN who were arrested on charges of human trafficking will reappear in the Upington Magistrate’s Court later this month.

The two accused – Emmanuel Uzoaga, 33, and James Okwuudili Ugwuuke, 29 – were arrested during a joint operation by the Hawks and the Northern Cape, Gauteng and Douglasdale police.

It is alleged that victims were lured from Upington to Sandton where they were used for prostitution.

Ugwuuke was arrested on May 29 in Sandton after a search was conducted at an apartment that was reportedly used as a brothel.

During the search three victims, aged between 19 and 24 years old, were rescued, while cellphones and an undisclosed amount of money was seized.

Hawks Northern Cape provincial spokesperson Nomthandazo Mnisi said on Tuesday that the case against Uzoaga was postponed until June 28, while Ugwuuke would reappear in the Upington Magistrate’s Court on June 7.