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Friday, 14 November 2014 08:35

Accused Traffickers on Their Way...

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    "A prominent Durban doctor and his wife accused of running a brothel and of human trafficking were yesterday given a court's permission to fly to Mauritius...

    By MHLABA MEMELA | Times Live...11 April, 2012 01:00



    "Genchen Rugnath and his wife, Ravina, briefly appeared in the Durban Magistrate's Court to ask for permission to travel out of the country to help their son register to study medicine in Mauritius.  Magistrate Anita Govender allowed the couple to travel between today and May 7.  Govender ordered that details of the family's travel and accommodation arrangements be given to the investigating officer before they leave, and that their passports be handed in before May 10...

    Photo:  TEBOGO LETSIE"

    "The decision by the court to allow a couple accused of involvement in a sex ring to travel to Mauritius to witness their son being registered as a doctor was met with anger outside the Durban Magistrates Court.

    “We are being turned into human trafficking factories. We have children only for them to be taken away from us and prostituted in this way just because we are poor while they put their children through medical school with the blood money made from our children,” said Philile Nala, the parent of a girl who is still missing after allegedly being kidnapped in 2000."

    "The couple were arrested earlier this month in an upmarket Umhlanga resort after they failed to report to the police when they returned from a trip to Mauritius.They were released on bail of R30000 each after being charged with human trafficking and operating a brothel from a building they own in Durban's Point area.  The 42 charges against them include facilitating prostitution and accepting the proceeds of unlawful activities.  When the police swooped on the building in February, 24 girls, some as young as 12, were found under the influence of drugs.  Police arrested Nonduzo Dlamini, 23, Sandile Zweni, 37, and Bhabha Dubazani, 29, in connection with the case. They will apply for bail on April 25.

    Urmila Budram, alleged to have been the brothel's manager, has turned state witness.  Nine parents have claimed their daughters. The other girls are in a place of safety. As the couple left the court building yesterday, a group of protesters, some believed to be the girls' relatives, held a demonstration outside."

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