Pretoria teen deceived into sex slave scam

2012-02-17 10:08

Johannesburg - A Pretoria teenager said she was deceived into becoming a sex slave by a dance company which offered her a job in Istanbul, Turkey, according to a report on Friday.

Imogen Adams, 19, was allegedly offered the opportunity by a Germiston-based dance company RT Concerts, The Star newspaper reported.

"We were told that we were going to dance in several shows and that it would be at hotels where we would work on six-month contracts."

That was not the case once she arrived in Istanbul, Adams told the newspaper.

"Within days we were given a new contract which we had to sign. We were told that we had to do 'hosting' at the hotels after the shows and that it had to be with men who came to the shows."

The hosting involved "entertaining" the men.

The men would watch the show and choose who they wanted to be with.

"We had to dress up and make the men want us," Adams said.

Adams told the newspaper that when she wanted to leave, she was threatened. After making contact with her mother through the South African embassy, Adams returned to South Africa.

RT Concerts managing director Tanya van Rie denied the allegations, The Star reported.

"Never in a million years would we do something like this. We have a name and reputation to protect," Van Rie said.

"Those complaining are complaining because they were fired, which happened because they have problems with authority."

- SAPA

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