Top businessmen linked to child sex ring

2009-03-23 00:00

TOP Durban businessmen have been linked to a child prostitution syndicate after a newly formed provincial task team launched investigations into the city’s child sex trade.

Month-long investigations by the task team, which is made up of organised crime unit members, National Prosecuting Authority officials and child prostitution experts, has revealed that some of the city’s top businessmen have been involved in the syndicate, which prostitutes children, some as young as 10-years-old, to wealthy men.

The task team was launched after police noticed an increase in crimes involving the sexual exploitation of children.

The idea for the task team stemmed from an incident in which a Sierra Leone man lured under-age girls into a sex syndicate. The man promised the girls work, but instead sold them to rich businessmen.

He charged his clients R1 000 for a night with a young girl. The foreign national was arrested and charged under the Sexual Offences Act, Child Protection Act and Human Trafficking Act.

The businessmen are believed to have asked specifically for young girls to engage in sexual intercourse and other lewd acts.

While the names of the businessman could not be revealed, police spokesman Superintendent Vincent Mdunge said that several had already been charged under the Human Trafficking and Child Pornography acts. He said the task team is still investigating the syndicate and that revealing the men’s names at this stage will jeopardise the investigation.

The syndicate and an incident involving a 16-year-old Phoenix girl who was allegedly drugged and raped by four boys at house party have prompted authorities to act fast to prevent the further exploitation of children. The boys allegedly captured the rape on a cellphone. The video is also being circulated on the Internet.

“This is a major problem for us. Matters that relate to children and women are a priority and we can’t gamble with that. Those who exploit and abuse them will face the law,” Mdunge said.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.