13th December, 2010
An 18-year-old Durban woman was trafficked to Pretoria by a foreign national whoÂ promised her a job as a house sitter, but instead forced her into prostitution.
The alleged trafficker, Nigerian Emmanuel Odii, 32, was arrested in Pretoria byÂ Durban and Joâ€™burg officers from the Hawks unit in November.
He has been charged with human trafficking and kidnapping, and was denied bail inÂ the Durban Magistrateâ€™s Court on Friday.
The investigating officer, Warrant Officer Cyril Freese, said in an affidavit thatÂ the woman, who cannot be named, was introduced to Odii by a female relative.
The relative, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the woman, has beenÂ joined as a co-accused in the case and was arrested last week.
She was granted bail of R2 000 in the Durban Magistrateâ€™s Court last Wednesday.
According to Freeseâ€™s affidavit, the relative told the woman that Odii neededÂ someone to look after his flat in Pretoria, as he would be leaving the country.
The woman met him in Durban in August and was told he would pay her R300 a day toÂ look after his flat.
On the same day, Odii travelled with the woman to Pretoria and took her to a flat.
At the flat, Odii allegedly forced her to smoke rock cocaine and threatened to takeÂ away her cellphone, her only means of communication, if she refused. After smokingÂ the drug, Odii allegedly made the woman prostitute herself and she was picked up byÂ a man and taken to his home. The woman told police she could not recall whatÂ happened at the flat, because she was intoxicated by the drug.
When she returned to the flat, more drugs were forced on her and she was told byÂ Odii that she should do as he asked, or else he would take her cellphone and no oneÂ would know where she was kept.
Thereafter, she was made to stand on the street waiting for clients and was arrestedÂ by the police for prostitution.
On her release, Odii collected her and forced her to consume more drugs at his flat.
The woman, who cannot recall several events because of the drug use, then remembersÂ being taken to a hospital in Pretoria.
She was later reunited with her family in Durban.
In October, the womanâ€™s relatives told the Durban Organised Crime Unit of the crimeÂ and a sting operation was set up to arrest Odii. Freese said in his affidavit thatÂ despite human trafficking being a fairly new crime, it was becoming increasinglyÂ prevalent.
The modus operandi was to recruit the victims through coercion, the promise of falseÂ jobs or threats.
â€œOnce a woman is in the traffickerâ€™s control and custody, she is forced to takeÂ drugs and becomes addicted. She is then forced into prostitution to support the drugÂ addiction.â€
Odii claimed in his testimony for bail that the woman had gone with him to PretoriaÂ as she was running away from police.