South African security officials have rescued 19 Ethiopians kept against their will in a house in Johannesburg.
They were rescued during a raid carried out by the Guateng Hawks on Friday in Mondeor.
News24 quotes Gauteng Hawks spokesperson Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu saying “When the unit arrived at the positively identified address, they found 19 adult males kept against their will. They are all Ethiopian nationals”.
Mulamu revealed that the organised crime unit received information about a suspected human trafficking operation in the area.
She said the Ethiopians could not speak fluent English and with the health of an interpreter it was clear they had been kept in the house against their will.
One man was arrested for allegedly playing a role in trafficking the men.
According to Mulamu “The suspect, who is also Ethiopian, is expected to appear in the Booysens Magistrate’s Court on Monday and faces charges of human trafficking or smuggling”.
Police could not confirm their names and ages since they had no documents on them.