Bringing Light to the Darkness of Human Trafficking (Trafficking in Persons)

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TWO weeks since the alleged murder of Lindie Prinsloo at Swakopmund by her boyfriend, Ivan Pitt - who allegedly committed suicide the day after the murder - the Walvis Bay Magistrate's Court granted an alleged sex trafficker bail on Monday for allegedly assaulting his wife.

Pakistan national Farhan Khatri (29) and two Namibian women, Jaezuruka 'Beverly' Kamongua (27) and Melody Ortner (24) were arrested earlier this year on charges of organised crime, human trafficking and rape. Khatri was granted N$20 000 bail, and his two co-accused got N$5 000 bail each. The case was remanded to 21 January next year.

Khatri, however, appeared in the same court on Monday, and is being charged with assault with the intention to cause grievous bodily harm, and assault by threatening.

According to the court report, he allegedly threatened to kill his wife, and then allegedly kicked her and beat her with his fists, as well as dragged her across the floor. Police confirmed that the wife opened a case against Khatri, whereafter he was arrested last Friday.

The Namibian understands that the wife wanted to withdraw the matter, but that the court instead granted him bail of N$5 000. This case was postponed to 15 January next year.

The allegations are similar to the claims that involved Pitt and Prinsloo before both their lives ended.

Earlier this year, Pitt also allegedly assaulted Prinsloo and threatened to kill her, during which he was arrested, but granted bail when Prinsloo wanted to withdraw the charges. There is a public outcry against the granting of bail for those charged with domestic violence, and even the inspector general of the Namibian Police, lieutenant general Sebastian Ndeitunga, told media recently that it shocked him that men were free on bail and free to continue unabated with their violence against women and children. He called on police officials, public prosecutors and magistrates to step up efforts to oppose bail, especially when the suspects have similar cases pending against them.

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