Investigation by the Hawks Human Trafficking Section, on Friday the 22 October 2021, ensured the conviction of accused, Alaba Makonjuola Asabi (38), who was found guilty and sentenced on two counts of trafficking in persons and sentenced to 2x life imprisonment. He was further sentenced to 10 years for count 5, 6 and 7; possession and manufacturing of child pornography:
15 years for Count 8: using the services of a victim (ito: Sec 7 of the Tip Act)
He is to serve an effective total of 45 years direct imprisonment.
This follows an incident in 2018 where a case of Human C300 trafficking was opened which culminated in the arrest of a Nigerian male and the rescue of two Zimbabwean females who were victims used as commercial sex workers.
The accused controlled the victims by locking them in a private dwelling. This took place over a period two years before they were rescued in 2018.
The victims were successfully repatriated to their country of origin.
The accused was declared a prohibited person in the Republic of South Africa (sec 29 of immigration Act 13 of 2002. The judge also ordered that the accused’s particulars be included in the National Register for sex offenders in terms of section 50 of the criminal law amendment Act.
Source: South African Police Service