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Cops still searching for missing 'sex slave'

2012-03-16 22:07

Bloemfontein - A Lesotho woman who was apparently kidnapped by illegal miners and used as a sex slave underground in Welkom is still missing, police said on Friday.

Spokesperson Captain Stephen Thakeng said a police task team was working all-out to find the woman who disappeared near Welkom's Number 1 mine on Saturday March 10.

Police said four women visited their boyfriends at Welkom's Number 1 Mine on the Saturday night.

During the night, the women were apparently kidnapped by a group of Lesotho nationals, working as illegal miners in the Welkom area.

In the mining industry illegal miners are referred to as Zama-Zamas.

Thakeng said three of the women managed to escape, but a 28-year-old woman was caught again and apparently forced to a nearby open field.

The woman’s clothes, including underwear, worn on the night of her disappearance, were found in the field on the Sunday.

Thakeng said a family member of the missing woman contacted police and Lesotho government officials with the allegation that women were used as sex slaves underground in Welkom by Zama-Zamas.

Thakeng said anyone with information to help trace the kidnapped woman should contact police at the Welkom detective services office.