A Free State man has appeared in court on charges of human trafficking for allegedly keeping a woman as a “sex slave” for more than two months.
Justice Lyke Ikachuku, 37, appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
Ikachuku allegedly asked the victim to be his girlfriend, promising her a hair salon and a music studio.
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Hawks spokesperson Captain Christopher Singo said he then allegedly took the woman to his home and kept her hostage from Friday, 4 December to Sunday, 14 February.
The victim managed to escape after one of the clients gave her R350 to flee.
“She then ran to the police, where a case was opened and reported to the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation [unit] for a further probe, which led to the arrest of Ikachuku on Friday,” Singo said.
The case against Ikachuku was postponed to Monday for a bail application.