A South Africa High Court sitting in Gauteng has handed three life sentences and an additional 106 years imprisonment to two Nigerians for human trafficking.
The sentences were given at the weekend in Johannesburg, the South African capital.
The pair Frank Amaku (pictured), and Ilo Promise Somadina (25) were arrested by the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime investigating unit in April 2016 at a hideous dwelling in Fourways where they reportedly ran a brothel and held victims captive.
Five victims were rescued during the operation and taken to a place of safety.
The national head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, Godfrey Lebeya, applauded the investigation team for working around the clock to ensure that the accused were ultimately convicted and sentenced.
“The sentence couldn’t have come at a better time, taking into consideration that August is celebrated as Women’s Month in South Africa,” he said.
“This is a time to once again warn those who abuse women, that they will be brought to book and justice will be served.”
One of their victims, from Upington was given the nom de guerre of Helena Boswell. The victim was kept at the Fourways home, where she and three other women spent months servicing the pair’s clients until they were rescued.
Though the Nigerians denied their level of involvement in human trafficking and have stated on multiple occa