Alex Mitchley and CNS Reporter
1 minute read
15 Apr 2016
5:00 am

Former cop faces extradition on human trafficking charges

Alex Mitchley and CNS Reporter

A former South African police officer wanted by Interpol on charges of sexual offences and human trafficking appeared in the Brakpan Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.

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But the case against the 45-yearold Brakpan man was postponed to May 11. The man, facing extradition, is listed as wanted by Interpol for being involved in a child trafficking sex ring in Swakopmund, Namibia. He was arrested by Interpol and the Hawks on the East Rand last Tuesday.

“We had a red flag on him with Interpol’s involvement,” said Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi. “We located him in Brakpan, where he was arrested.”

According to allAfrica.com, his accomplice, Johanna Lukas, 22, was found guilty in June on five charges each of human trafficking and rape. This followed proof that Lukas had procured two teenage girls to be sexually exploited by an alleged paedophile at Swakopmund in April, May and June 2012.

The website said she was the first person in Namibia to be convicted for trafficking children for sexual exploitation. During the trial, it was heard the former policeman had intercourse with one of the girls, aged 13 at the time, on numerous occasions in April and May 2012.

The suspect also allegedly had sex with a second girl in June 2012. At the time of the incidents, the suspect was living in Swakopmund, but fled to South Africa once Lukas was arrested. The former policeman, held at the Boksburg Prison following his court appearance, was remanded in custody.

He faces 19 charges for sexual offences, including rape, human trafficking, assault, intimidation and malicious damage to property. Mulaudzi said the suspect would be extradited to Namibia to face the charges.