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Cape Town cops crack down on brothels

2011-07-14 17:48

Cape Town - The city's vice squad made several arrests and deported illegal immigrants following raids on brothels in the city.

The squad conducted an integrated operation with the SA Police Service Human Trafficking Task Team on a residence in Marais Street, Goodwood on Wednesday.

The house was being used as a brothel, the city said in a statement on Thursday.

"It was being run by the same two Chinese national women that were previously arrested by the vice squad on charges of human trafficking.

"The person in charge of the brothel, Chengyong Zhang (Li), was arrested for being in possession of tik and also charged for running a brothel."

Two other Chinese women were inside the residence at the time of the operation. One was deported for being in the country illegally.

The other woman requested assistance from the vice squad to help her get out of the house and she was taken to a place of safety.

Second brothel found

The owner of the brothel, who was out on bail for her previous court case, was arrested.

She appeared at the Goodwood Magistrate's Court on Thursday morning to face charges of being in possession of drugs and running a brothel.

"On this occasion her bail application was denied by the magistrate and she was detained."

On Wednesday afternoon, the vice squad conducted an operation on another residence in Wellington Street, Goodwood, where it was suspected that another brothel was being run.

A Chinese woman was arrested and deported for being in the country without the proper documentation.

"Brothels are high on the vice squad's priority list. Operations such as these will help curb these illegal activities," the city said.

Comments
  • coconuts - 2011-07-14 18:06

    Confiscate the house as well

  • Jeffery - 2011-07-14 18:17

    The government should make the rest of the immigrants were idintity cards and so they can more easley deport them.

      Redwine - 2011-07-14 18:57

      All people are required to have identification at all times the law was simply amended from dom pass system at the time. All of South Africa has a problem with illegals even the little towns in the rural areas are not spared. Mainly Africans but also Orientals are sucking our life blood. It would be good to have one national crackdown one day and confiscate all they have and ship them out en masse. It would drop crime statistics by some healthy rate in just one day. We are to leniant with them.

      Liberty - 2011-07-15 02:54

      Jees that sounds like they Jews being forced to wear the star during Nazi Germany

  • sabc10 - 2011-07-14 18:38

    it would be very naive to think that locals do not run brothels in cape town

  • Anonymous Thinker - 2011-07-14 18:47

    wonder when they're going to clamp down on the strip clubs that confiscate girls passports until debt has been paid.....

  • catbrains - 2011-07-14 18:59

    police only raid clubs that refuse to pay them or allow them to be with the girls without paying

      sabc10 - 2011-07-14 20:58

      also if they have vested interests

  • Nirvan - 2011-07-14 19:12

    How about focusing all this time and energy cracking down on murderers and rapists?

      sabc10 - 2011-07-14 19:26

      Because cops are known to do this too...

  • koeln - 2011-07-14 19:23

    what a nonsense. legalise prostitution, put the working girls under the safety of the law.

      SpiceInc - 2011-07-14 19:39

      Couldn't agree with you more! Somehow in SA we think just because we pretend something does not exist it will miraculously fade away yet we can control it with the long arm of the law. Case and point is Abortion, since its legalization there has been a decline in backyard operation and subsequent fatalities these come with. While at it I'd love for someone to also have a look at legalizing Dagga, I mean really the thing is far much less toxic than Alcohol and cigarettes and has proven medicinal properties.

      sabc10 - 2011-07-14 20:17

      I agree Prostitution is the old profession...it will exist any where in the world.

      SpiceInc - 2011-07-15 11:50

      Couldn't agree with you more! Somehow in SA we think just because we pretend something does not exist it will miraculously fade away yet we can control it with the long arm of the law. Case and point is Abortion, since its legalization there has been a decline in backyard operation and subsequent fatalities these come with. While at it I'd love for someone to also have a look at legalizing Dagga, I mean really the thing is far much less toxic than Alcohol and cigarettes and has proven medicinal properties.

  • maseratifitt - 2011-07-14 22:57

    Stay away from the vice squad. When they start turning that thing...

  • Douglas - 2011-07-14 23:21

    Seems some people on this forum believe all 'prostitutes' to be willing 'partners' in their choice of profession. Even the article refers to these girls simply as 'illegal immigrants.' This is probably very far from the truth. Many sex workers are normal, everyday girls who have been lured somewhere under false pretences, then abducted and held against their will, drugged, beaten, smuggled across the world, and forced to sell their bodies to 40-50 men a day. There's normally some kind of entrapment involved, so they wouldn't dare to expose the truth to anyone. Most don't last too very long, either through trying to escape or taking their own lives. The networks are extensive and well-organised. It's called human trafficking, and is the largest criminal industry in the world (apart from the illegal arms industry). Btw, this scenario could truly happen to anyone, your own daughter, or...even your own son. Sickening as it may be, thousands upon thousands of young boys and girls around the world are being forced into sex slavery...on a DAILY basis. Some are even willfully sold by their own parents. "Worldwide, it is estimated that somewhere between 700,000 and four million women, children and men are trafficked EACH YEAR [into a life of sex slavery], and no region is unaffected." (http://www.iast.net/thefacts.htm) The facts are in, and should shock us to the core. Also read more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexual_slavery

  • Paul - 2011-07-15 07:34

    Send the chinese parasites back to to china

      daaivark - 2011-07-15 07:48

      So have you got your fake Bok Jersey on today?

      Paul - 2011-07-15 08:26

      @daaivark actually I have an original and yes I have it on.

      gekko - 2011-07-15 09:05

      @daaivark - Sien jy het weer fokkol om met jouself te doen vandag.

  • BRAD24 - 2011-07-15 08:49

    Check the photo in the newspaper-cops with gun in hand.To shoot who-a half dressed woman?Get off your fat asses and sought out the nigerians ruining society with their drugs.Stop hitting on soft targets.Then again you cops are toooooooo scared of the niggies.Pagad are you still out there?

  • Mpinchi6 - 2011-07-15 10:10

    @mario88, play the ball NOT the man!

  • lyn - 2011-07-15 15:41

    Thanks, Douglas, for bringing TRUTH and SANITY back to this page of comments. And all those attacking police, or immigrants and refugees: you are showing a lack of good upbringing, lack of respect for law and others (as well as no idea how to spell). If you can't come up with solutions for this country's problems, don't attack those that are trying to make a difference, despite all the obstacles, yes including corruption- but not all cops are bad. Grow up. Thanks.

  • arthurbrigg - 2012-03-02 14:36

    Cop 1: "What do you feel like doing today?" Cop 2: "Dunno, I'm bored of murder, rape and burglary calls" Cop 1: "Hmmm. Wanna go arrest some hotties in lingerie?" Cop 2: "HELL YEAH!!!!!!"

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