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German arrested at OR Tambo international airport for alleged trafficking of Malagasy women

A German national faces trafficking and fraud charges after being detained along with two Malagasy women, whom he allegedly tried to take to Croatia.

A German national faces trafficking and fraud charges after being detained along with two Malagasy women, whom he allegedly tried to take to Croatia.

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A German national is facing trafficking and fraud charges after being arrested along with two Malagasy women, aged 32 and 29, whom he allegedly tried to take to Croatia.

Joachim Will, 56, appeared at Kempton Park Magistrates Court on Friday and will spend a week in custody awaiting a bail hearing.

Will was arrested on April 30 by a joint police team led by the West Rand Hawks Serious Organized Crime Investigation, in collaboration with Interpol, Criminal Intelligence and the Gauteng Provincial Border Police.

Hawks spokesperson Colonel Philani Nkwalase said the women, accompanied by Will, were intercepted by the Border Management Authorities (BMA).

“They attempted to board a flight to Croatia on April 19 at OR Tambo International Airport. Upon inspection, they were found to be in possession of fraudulent Italian passports. The two women were arrested and later released,” he said.

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It was alleged that Will had recruited the women through a dating site in Madagascar, Nkwalase added.

Will allegedly lured the women with promises of employment and a lucrative monthly salary in Croatia.

“He (allegedly) facilitated their travel to South Africa and reportedly provided them with fraudulent Italian passports for their travel from South Africa to Croatia.

“A multi-disciplinary team carried out an operation which resulted in Will’s arrest,” Nkwalase said.

Will is expected to return to court on May 10 to make a formal bail application.