Police were made aware of the suspected brothel on Monday by a whistleblower who claimed to know of seven girls forcibly detained in a flat as sex workers.
An operation was planned and executed, which led to the speedy rescue of the seven students aged between 18 and 20 from North West and Bloemfontein on Tuesday, police said.
Members of the Hawks also seized drugs, including methcathinone (cat) and crack cocaine, found hidden in the bottom of a kettle, valued at R5 000, as well as pornographic material, added police.
The seven girls were taken to a place of safety, where they will receive counselling and other treatment.
The suspects will appear in court on Thursday on charges of drug dealing and possible charges in terms of the Sexual Offences Act and human trafficking.
In a separate incident, a shocking discovery by the Linmeyer CPF in Johannesburg revealed how two children were found abandoned in a room on a property believed to be a “hijacked house” in October last year.
The house, located on the corner of South Rand Road and Martha Street in Linmeyer, is believed to have been used as a brothel and drug den operated by foreigners.
– Caxton News Service