A 21-year-old actor from a popular eTV soap is among a group of suspected human traffickers who were arrested in Springs in the East Rand today.

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This was confirmed by Police spokesman Kay Makhubela who said that 17 people, including the actor, had been taken into custody following a tip off from a woman who had managed to escape from the alleged ‘brothel’.

"We have arrested 17 people for human trafficking. The suspects included 11 females and six males. There is also a Nigerian man who is believed to be collecting money from these women and a prominent actor in one of our local soapies in the country," Makhubela said.

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The police said the group has been charged with human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

Makhubela said the group was arrested after a 25-year-old woman went to the police.

"We understand that she feared for her safety and ran to the police station and told them about the brothel. She has since been taken to a place of safety," he added.

Makhubela said the group is from Kimberly, Bushbuckridge, Durban and some are from Gauteng.

They will appear in the Spring Magistrates court tomorrow.