The trial of the controversial Nigerian pastor, Timothy Omotoso and his two co-accused will on Monday start in the Port Elizabeth High Court.

He is accused of trafficking young girls and women from various branches of his church, the Jesus Dominion International Church, to his house in Durban.

The trio faces 63 charges including racketeering, contravention of the Sexual Offences Act, human trafficking and rape.

Omotoso has been incarcerated since his arrest last year at the Port Elizabeth International Airport.

The Hawks and the tactical response team from the police nabbed the flamboyant Omotoso at the Port Elizabeth airport 18 months ago.

He has since been denied bail twice after he was found to be a flight risk and would possibly intimidate victims.

Omotoso’s co-accused Zukiswa Sitho and Lusanda Solani, who allegedly recruited the victims, were each released on bail of R2 000.

State Prosecutor, Nceba Ntelwa says the state is ready for a lengthy trial. Various women’s organisations are expected to picket outside the High Court.