The 35-year-old self-styled “apostle” is expected to appear in the High Court sitting in Mbizana, Eastern Cape, on Monday on four charges of human trafficking.

Alleged victims of human trafficking are expected to appear in court at the start of the trial.

It is believed that the man lured them with the promise of work.

A 23-year-old man who was allegedly brought from Cape Town to the area with the promise of work is expected to appear in court, while another man is expected to testify about being sexually exploited.

Chairman of the Khula Community Development Organization, Petros Majola, says they want justice for the victims.

“We expect this 35-year-old apostle from Mbizana to personally plead guilty to all counts of human trafficking. This alone will mean that the case will be completed very quickly. Also, it will send a message to the judge that the person is repentant. But I also want to applaud the (Hawks) investigator for expediting this whole investigation,” Maiola adds.

Juanita van Heerden, director of S-Cape, a safe house for victims of human trafficking, talks about the psychological effects of human trafficking:

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