SA strip clubs accused of trafficking

2011-09-22 08:13

Cape Town - South African strip clubs have been accused of human trafficking and forcing women into prostitution.

Activists protesting in Cape Town on Wednesday said many of these clubs were not what they claimed to be, and were involved in shady dealings, reported Eyewitness News.

Anti-human trafficking organisations called for legislation to be finalised to help curb human trafficking.

The protesters said women were lured to the country on false pretences and forced into prostitution.

The Express News Service last week reported that three people were arrested in India for alleged human trafficking.

The suspects had fake passports, with fake visa stickers from South Africa. The arrests came after SA authorities reported finding a faked South African visa.

  • allows - 2011-09-22 08:33

    No hey!!! Since when is this news? It's been happening for years but the government are so busy with their own agendas that they have not noticed.

      Enigma - 2011-09-22 09:21

      They can't notice because they love the strippers Malema with the shushi king, ring any bells.

      d2eguy - 2011-09-22 11:22

      drug trafficking as well as human trafficking / prostitution and money laundering , thats what 90% of all stip clubs are and it got a 1000 times worse since the ANC was in power and the SAP got as useless and corrupt as they are . thats why there are so many nigerians associated with the drug , strip/porn/prositution and traficking trade .

      Parko - 2011-09-22 11:34

      Get rid of Nigerians , and you quickly solve this issue

  • AndV - 2011-09-22 08:33

    Is this news? Everyone knows they are evil!

  • IC1 - 2011-09-22 08:49

    Home Affairs can arrange anything for a price, fake visas no problems

      KarooOstrich - 2011-09-22 09:43

      It's not only people at home affairs, there are plenty of Nigerian operations where one can buy anything from fake id's + drivers licences to pssports + visas. It was reported a few months ago that such an opration was going on Cape Town station in broad daylight. How about that!!

  • ubufakazi - 2011-09-22 08:52

    this story is not very well put together... lacks substance unfortunately!

      shmangle - 2011-09-22 11:19

      Yip, I don't see anything mentioned of proof at all. No mention of how they link the strip clubs to trafficking, only that some people were arrested with fake visa stickers.... how that ties up to south african strip clubs..... who knows.

  • LaVie - 2011-09-22 09:10

    This is the naked truth, they are stripping the girls' dignity.

      vercotti - 2011-09-22 10:29

      Naked. True.

      Jeanette Abdeaux - 2011-09-22 10:58

      The girls can make a choice you know !

  • Buic Unix - 2011-09-22 09:17

    Someone has to entertain the married men of south africa. ofcourse government would not pay attention to this bcz theres no money in that business..government only keeps its eyes on things like oil, mines, energy resources..

  • ShakaN - 2011-09-22 09:21

    How evil can a person become to take advantage of another. Maybe the trafficers are to lazy to get real jobs and maybe the poor woman are in such dire straights that they will place themselves in this situation. Very Very sad/pathetic.

  • Badballie - 2011-09-22 09:39

    Well no I never hey, what do you expect? strippers, prostitutes etc are all part of the organised sex trade, which is run by organised crime hence the apartheid governments banning and enforcement in this regard, as usual the cANCer Regime was offered large incentives to legitimize the industry. You allow low moral standards to exist you must accept that organised crime gains a firm foothold in your country and a death grip on the control of government.

      bonny - 2011-09-22 09:53

      Maybe you should check your knowledge before sprouting such nonsense.

      static - 2011-09-22 10:14

      so maybe we must implement apartheid again to stop the sex trade

      bonny - 2011-09-22 12:16

      Now surely if the industry of prostitution was legalised it would be easier to prevent the trafficking element? The girls would be able to lay charges against "Pimps" and dodgey clubs. Not to mention that they would be subjected to regular SDT testing.. This industry won't go away , we might as well make it safer for girls and guys.

  • KarooOstrich - 2011-09-22 09:56

    Many of these unfortunate young asian + east european ladies are lured here by uscrupulous people who promise them jobs + a better life in SA. Only when they get here + have their visas + passports taken away + then are forced into stripping + prostitution do they realise that they have been conned. By that time there is very little they can do. I really feel for the girls but the pimps + traffickers should be locked up + have the key thrown away. What makes it difficult is that these guys are usually connected to syndicates that operate internationally. Human trafficking to me is one of the worst crimes out, second only to murder. The bloody swines!!

      Ashoka - 2011-09-23 17:30

      The same is happening in Dubai. The rich arabs lure unfortunate young ladies from all non-muslim countries.

  • static - 2011-09-22 10:13

    I wonder how many of the strip club owners are from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, I'm going to guess probably not alot. So what does that say about people from previously advantaged backgrounds?

  • Taf - 2011-09-22 10:16

    You don't say. The part we dont hear is that not all these 'victims' naively accepted a job offer. Many willingly walk into these joints,

      KarooOstrich - 2011-09-22 10:27

      Nobody said or believes that all girls who work in this industry are victims, but many of them are victims + that's a fact. The ones who willingly go for those jobs know what it entails. It's the innocent ones that get conned; those are the ones I feel sorry for especially those who have no family in the country.

  • montana - 2011-09-22 10:17

    what a useless story! shows no evidence; one cant make accusations based on hearsay. I am sure that there are 'shady dealings' etc in the industry, but that goes for every industry.

      KarooOstrich - 2011-09-22 10:39

      Montana of course this type of thing happens here. A little while ago the police came across another such incident when they raided a brothel in Goodwood. Run by Chinese whith Chinese girls brought here under false pretences. There is a court case on this one due to start shortly. Last year Russian + other East European girls at a club in Jhb. complained to the police about the same thing. Remember where money is involved some people will do anything. We are not talking about goods here, we're talking about human beings, people whose lives get wrecked do to other people's greed for money.

      onthefence - 2011-09-22 15:51

      @karoo - you missed montan's point completely - get your head back in the ground you Ostrich

  • EM - 2011-09-22 10:34

    The industry is dodgy anyway

  • NuttyZA - 2011-09-22 10:37

    A friend of mine used to date one of the Strippers from Teasers... she was originally from Bulgaria... she was free to come and go as she liked AND came to South Africa with the intention of stripping here... she was not conned into doing anything and she eventually returned to bulgaria when she had enough of SA!

      static - 2011-09-22 14:52

      oh well then based on that piece of information lets put our heads in the ground and pretend human trafficking doesn't happen

      corro51 - 2011-09-22 17:44

      I concur. Had a friend who stripped at Teazers, and the only problem she had, was how to spend the money.

  • vambozha mutemi - 2011-09-22 11:16

    I dont believe in forced prostitution especially in SA. Are you saying they cant get out and report to the polce? From my own understanding I know they are free to go into town to do some shopping and relax! Its only when they are caught on the wrong side of the law they say they were forced.

      KarooOstrich - 2011-09-22 13:33

      The Chinese girls at the Goodwood brothel are said to be virtual prisoners there. We'll see when this comes out in the court case. One must remember they came from China, were picked up at the airport + taken straight to the brothel where they were raped almost immediately. They don't know where they are because they don't know Cape Town.

      onthefence - 2011-09-22 15:52

      Ostrich - you have proof of this or are you playing the guessing game again ?

      Dmitri - 2011-09-22 20:02

      For many years, I worked in a sector that had to enforce deportations (not SARS or immigration). On many occasions the girls had overstayed their stay as stipulated on their visas. They used to send money home (Russia, Czeck republic, Bulgaria, Romania mainly). Some stayed knowing that they would be deported. Many owners hold back their passports so that the girls cannot leave. It is only when they were found out that the passports were returned and the girls got deported. Many of the girls have no choice but to do what the owners want. From first hand experience, I can tell you that the sex trade is a filthy dark world>if also feeds the drug industry. It is a horible circle. @Karoo - I totally agree with you, yet proving it is going to be difficult. I am glad I left that behind me. I saw too many ruined lives.

  • mabsie - 2011-09-23 03:29

    Not news - but very worrying all the same as it keeps cropping up. So many fake passports, visas and whatever out there. Dear SA, the last shiny nugget in Africa. I am afraid it will eventually be so over run that we will play "spot the South African" one of these days!

  • Belinda - 2011-12-15 22:56


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