'I was sold as a sex slave at 13'

2012-06-12 11:05
Eunice Pretorius, project manager of Hadassa, tells how they help to get prostitutes off Bloemfontein's streets. (Conrad Bornman, Volksblad)

Eunice Pretorius, project manager of Hadassa, tells how they help to get prostitutes off Bloemfontein's streets. (Conrad Bornman, Volksblad)

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Bloemfontein - A young woman has told how she was sold to a Nigerian and forced into a life of prostitution at the age of 13.

reported that the woman, who was not identified, had now been saved from a life on the streets by volunteers from Hadassa, a project affiliated to a local church, which is reaching out to city sex workers.

She told how she had been a pupil at Batho Primary School when an older girl lured her to a place where she was sold to a Nigerian man who took her to Bloemfontein and forced her into becoming a prostitute.

She spent eight years as a sex worker, contracting HIV and becoming addicted to alcohol and crack cocaine.

She said she was told to bring R1 000 home each night or else she was viciously assaulted with clothes irons and broken bottles, amongst others. She still had the scars from these beatings.

Church volunteers found her father, who is now supporting her financially. She is also receiving counselling and treatment for her drug addiction.

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