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Sex workers used to 'hunt' rhino

2011-07-22 07:52

Johannesburg - An international wildlife trafficking syndicate hired Thai prostitutes and strippers from clubs in Pretoria and Midrand to pose as "hunters" in sham rhino trophy hunts, an explosive statement claims.

The women, who had never fired a shot in their lives, would be paid R5 000 each for their participation in a hunt, according to a statement by a former rhino horn trader who has blown the lid on the syndicate.

Many of the women had been trafficked to South Africa where they were working illegally and trying to pay off the debts that bound them to their pimps.

Investigators believe the syndicate, which had previously flown groups of "hunters" to South Africa from Thailand, began recruiting Thai women locally in a bid to cut costs.

Permit regulations allow a hunter to shoot only one rhino a year.

Human trafficking

Investigators believe the restriction forced the syndicate to find an ever-changing pool of new "hunters" who could apply for permits and ensure a steady supply of rhino horn trophies.

These "legally" acquired rhino horn trophies, bought at R65 000/kg, would be shipped from South Africa to south-east Asia.

There the horns would be sold on the black market, eventually fetching up to $35 000/kg in traditional medicine shops.

In his affidavit the whistleblower identifies a Midrand businessman "who is possibly involved in human trafficking as he supplies females to work in strip-clubs..."

"A lot of the 'girls' he imports to work as strippers or prostitutes are Thai nationals," the statement says.

The insider claims that the syndicate's "man-on-the-ground" in South Africa, Thai national Punpitak Chunchom aka "Peter", would be tasked with finding "hunters" once rhino had been transported to a farm where they would be hunted.

Chunchom - who was forced to leave South Africa earlier this month after being arrested and found guilty of the illegal possession of lion bones - would notify the businessman’s Thai wife that he needed hunters.

Kick-backs

In a case where three permits were needed, she would "'collect' three passports from three 'ladies' and make copies of these passports" which would be used by the safari operator hosting the "hunters" to apply for permits.

Once the permits were issued, Chunchom would fetch the women and drive them to a farm where the hunt was due to take place.

Trackers would locate the rhino which would be shot. The "girls" would pose with the kill, holding a rifle.

A nature conservation official would be "on-standby" to be present for the hunt, measure the horn once it was removed, microchip it and enter the details in a register.

According to the insider he "would also get a kick-back for being so co-operative", adding that on one occasion "I saw him getting about R400 or R500 in cash".

"It looked as if it was a normal arrangement".

Fines laughable

Forensic investigator Paul O'Sullivan, who "turned" the rhino trader and convinced him to expose the syndicate, said the fines being meted out in many rhino cases were "laughable".

"The syndicate is flogging this stuff on the black market for R130m when they got it for R13m. So, in less than a year, they’re making a profit of more than R100m and the National Prosecuting Authority is talking about a fine of a few million rand.

"All they are doing with fines like that is increasing the cost of shooting the animal. They’re not stopping it."

 - investigations@media24.com
 

Comments
  • tiotudg - 2011-07-22 08:01

    sies

      daaivarksetier - 2011-07-22 08:46

      There you have it THE NAKED TRUTH. Whats Next???

      Ruff-ian - 2011-07-22 09:00

      sad sad administartors,enjoy your friday ,munchers

      Diablo7 - 2011-07-22 09:55

      I thought Rhinos were an endangered species, Why the hell are we handing out permits to Hos to hunt them down? Like WTF!!!

      HONKY101 - 2011-07-22 10:09

      Why is Paul O Sullivan not our head of police Mr Zuma ??

      Cruzer91 - 2011-07-23 03:26

      @Honky... His qualifications make him ineligible. Remember one doesn't need qualification for those posts. Have you ever seen them(ministerial/DG/Mayoral/etc) being advertized?

  • Liberty - 2011-07-22 08:06

    Owners of these Game farms, and the traffickers involved should be imprisoned (life sentence)no bail, no parole, and the farms together with the animals confiscated. Shocking, truly shocking

      Jeff - 2011-07-22 09:41

      This is not america, its Africa they will get bail as govermont loves money

      Morne Loubser - 2011-07-22 10:21

      ^5 @ Liberty! Well said!

      RIAAN - 2011-07-22 15:41

      ...and redistribute those farms to the "upcoming" farmers and leave the real farmers to their land

      Michael - 2011-07-22 16:06

      Cut there hornies off

  • George - 2011-07-22 08:06

    Thai prostitutes are good in bed. They totally dedicate themselves to the job at hand. They are not shy, choosy or pretencious. Satisfaction is guaranteed with a Thai prostitute. I am saddened to hear that some Rhino syndicates exploit these hardworking professional sex pleasure giving Thai prostitutes for nefarious purposes. Police should arrest these master minds and leave the Thai prostitutes alone to concertrate on pleasure giving thus relieve South Africa of stress.

      tiotudg - 2011-07-22 08:15

      George SIES, NOGMAALS SIES en WEEREENS SIES - GAAN SPOEL JOU MOND MET SEEPSODA

      Bill - 2011-07-22 08:19

      First hand knowledge no doubt, Hey George...!

      Four Five - 2011-07-22 08:45

      @George... HEHEHEHE (((LOL))) funny stuff. made my morning!

      Timothy Nchabeleng - 2011-07-22 08:46

      George, your comment is the funniest, yet serious comment I ever read from the internet - wow man!

      Liberty - 2011-07-22 09:01

      Yeah George just a pity the girls are being exploited. Prostitution should be legalized so that the exploitation can be stopped. There is no sense in forcing these gangs to operate underground. No country in the world have ever been able to stop prostitution by making it illegal.

      Dal68 - 2011-07-22 09:06

      Hahahahahaha, good one!!

      Hlabirwa - 2011-07-22 09:11

      George what a nice read to start a day. Tired of hearing Malema this and that,racism etc.

      jowza - 2011-07-22 09:41

      I agree george.the thais are very versatile

      Bruce Almigh - 2011-07-22 09:47

      Couldn't agree with you more George, the best sex I've ever had was with a Thai prostitute. Those girls are so limber and they can do stuff with their tongues you never thought possible.

      nduk'zempi - 2011-07-22 10:05

      Hey,George where can i get a hot Thai thigh in dbn?lol

      theMoose - 2011-07-22 10:09

      amazing stuff. thanks for the laugh. and the great advice of course...

      Shistirrer - 2011-07-22 10:47

      George, if you visit a Thai prostitute, do they remove your horn?

      Gary - 2011-07-22 10:59

      Not much going on in that blank space inside your head, is there?

      chirpee24 - 2011-07-22 13:01

      I can likes to be having some wild lovings with Thai prostitutes!

      DEVILS SON - 2011-07-22 14:03

      yeeeeah george, two thumbs up mate. you cracked me up.

      DEVILS SON - 2011-07-22 14:07

      nationalise them says malema

      DEVILS SON - 2011-07-22 14:22

      its good to see so many guys as cooked as i am

      GH - 2011-07-22 16:29

      A hot thigh? Try Nando's.

      Uno_Beche - 2011-07-22 17:32

      Only worry with these Thai prossies is that they are really petite. If you shove one of those rhino horns up there to hide it you gonna do some real damage

  • nn.prv - 2011-07-22 08:06

    And the plot thickens! Keep digging guys ,we might be in for a Rhinogate Scandal.How about investigating the safari operators and withdrawing the rhino from the "trophy" hunting category .

  • Joy - 2011-07-22 08:10

    sic sic sic

      daaivarksetier - 2011-07-22 08:54

      I think you mean sick, cause sic means to urge a dog to attack someone. Come back tomorrow and we can work on your ABC, and also start on your 2x table's.

      schmerz - 2011-07-22 10:29

      What do you mean with 'cause' - your sentence makes little sense, I think you meant to say BECAUSE? What's a 2x table? It's called a two times table? You indicate your table's (yes see the 's?) possession over something, yet you don't mention it. I think you meant to give a plural, which would be - tables Hmm can't seem to find the word 'daaivarksetier' to mean anything at all, unless of course you use your brain and piece it together - just like you could do with any other ill-written garble Think again, cake - and don't even start, I don't care if I misspelled or wrote something incorrectly, I expect people to be able to use their brains. Oh yeah I'm also Afrikaans so that's no excuse either. There's my trolling for the day

      daaivarksetier - 2011-07-22 11:04

      I like you. Hahaha it is funny, Love Trolling.

      schmerz - 2011-07-22 11:31

      lol

      chirpee24 - 2011-07-22 13:07

      oh get a room!

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-07-22 08:11

    ...So it has been exposed, it's not the rhino's horn that these prostitutes were after...

      jowza - 2011-07-22 09:41

      lol

  • 1eye - 2011-07-22 08:12

    The simple truth is the rhino was shot under permit and with Wildlife consent.The sham of who shot it is irrelevant As such there is no crime, its deceitful, horrible etc, but legal

      Zeek - 2011-07-22 08:31

      Blessed by our moral caring government, carign for the environment and preserving it for the future. How much of the R100 000 000 gets refunded here. how does all the horn powder get over the border past the dogs etc etc etc. After all the rhinos are gone what is next. Maybe parliment ministers testicles should be a cure for immoral behavious and stupidness!!!

      myoomsemotor - 2011-07-22 08:58

      zeek i dont think the dogs are trained to sniff out rhino powder, its not a narcotic. and by the way more rhinos were hunted for their horns in the previous government we just never heard about it. i can remember my church drove a massive campaign in the late 80's protecting the rhino from extinction. for once please leave the government out of it and concentrate on the issue, we need to save these rhinos as soon as possible.

      Shivermetimb - 2011-07-22 09:55

      No, 1eye, its fraud.

      Zeek - 2011-07-22 10:06

      myoomsemotor we not talkign abotu legal hunting we are talking abotu poaching. the 300 + last year and the 200 already this if was done legally the it can be controlled. rhino huntign has been goign on for centuries but control measures made it viable. dogs can be trained to sniff anything. cadavars, narcotics etc etc. if there is no will and there is money to be made. we cant deny that in our current government disposition that money is a great great insentive for these guys. the previous government was just more clever at doing things. The current guys dont give a crap and who knows what they are up to cause there is no Consequence.

  • Gorilla - 2011-07-22 08:16

    Surely a PH can spot a Thai woman who has never shot a rifle in her life is not a hunter? If not he shouldn't be doing the job. The PH should be flogged.

      Zeek - 2011-07-22 08:33

      Indeed, how can a women who weighs 45 kg hold a 5 kg 50 cal hunting rifle to take down a 1 ton rhino. that weapon will break the shoulder. the but should be left on the mouth and then it can take the head off when shootign at the rhino.

  • Stuart - 2011-07-22 08:20

    its is disgusting and abhorrent that hunting permits for these animals are issued in the first place. totally outrageous.

      Captainmorgan - 2011-07-22 10:35

      Agree 100%

  • Two Cents - 2011-07-22 08:20

    scary. my family and i went to Addo Elephant park and saw a black rhino, 10m from our car, it was great, but as we drove away we all started talking: would our children ever get to see rhinos in the wild? these trafficers and the hunter should be punished to the fullest extent.

  • preshengovender69 - 2011-07-22 08:24

    show your support for rhino and visit stripper club and prostitutes

      Ruff-ian - 2011-07-22 08:35

      yeah that's right we have to keep them busy and out of trouble

      mike - 2011-07-22 09:19

      @zeek shurlt you misspelled your name - it should be geek

      Zeek - 2011-07-22 10:07

      @mike...aaah thanks man. thats lovely, maybe you and Preshen can get together and share a piece.

      mike - 2011-07-22 10:33

      @zeek - oooo now youve gone and hurt my feelings

      Zeek - 2011-07-22 11:44

      @mike...thats nice so you have some

      Curveball - 2011-07-22 12:05

      @ Zeek - you are the reason I have no more hard feelings.

      DEVILS SON - 2011-07-22 15:35

      zeek, a normal prostitute will not touch you without a condom.

      Edward - 2011-07-23 15:05

      Now you're talking!

  • Ann - 2011-07-22 08:24

    How arrogant! Sad to see that nature conservation people are once more involved. What part of CONSERVATION do they not get? For their benefit, Encarta definitions: "the preservation, management, and care of natural and cultural resources" and "the keeping or protecting of something from change, loss, or damage" Don't they realise that all the money in the world will NEVER fill the hollow feeling that they must be feeling inside their souls? It will only ensure that humankind is deprived of seeing God's creation. Leave our wildlife alone and go home you despicable people!!!

      mike - 2011-07-22 09:22

      er - it wasnt created by a ghost in the sky - procreation is the term that you are thinking of

      Zeek - 2011-07-22 10:12

      @mike....You and Preshen should definitely meet up. Who created the animals and yourself in the first place. Or did we all just magically appear from a one selled bactaria. there would of had to be two for procreation to be possible

      mike - 2011-07-22 10:35

      @geek - ooooo you are so intelligent, definitely nobel prize material

      Zeek - 2011-07-22 11:46

      @mike....thanks mike coming from you who seems to know a lot about how things work. Some more advice..remember to wrap up nicely when you and Preshen hit the Thais.

      Edward - 2011-07-23 15:09

      Money is to do with Now,today! Conservation of whatever,is to do with some distant,unfelt future and a "so what" attitude.

  • Lekker Jan - 2011-07-22 08:32

    And once again: Why do they actually sell rhino hunting licenses? Its not like we need to cull the rhinos!!!!

      Dal68 - 2011-07-22 09:08

      Yip, why are there even licensed Rhino hunting.........

  • Hugh - 2011-07-22 08:32

    That is fine. Are we being told that this section of the market makes up the 200 rhino poached this year?

      Will2.0 - 2011-07-22 10:25

      Nope. These rhino aren't poached - they're "legally" hunted.

  • Hugh - 2011-07-22 08:34

    Flood the market with Rhino horn drive down the price.

  • ExRecce - 2011-07-22 08:48

    And here I was thinking that we call it a Penis???? Now they call it a RHINO!!!!.....

  • nevilleo - 2011-07-22 08:54

    All poachers should be shot on sight ,it is sick that people benifit from this

  • Godfatha - 2011-07-22 08:59

    Ek dink hulle word gehuur omdat hulle so baie ervaring met horings het :)

      Pupuzela - 2011-07-22 09:30

      They should get a stiff sentence or hard labour.

      jowza - 2011-07-22 09:43

      the thais are seeing a lot of stiff for their labour

      onthefence - 2011-07-22 10:33

      We need to get those ladies together and thrust our views on them - repeatedly

      mike - 2011-07-22 11:14

      @onthefence - is that what you call your horn these days - a view? surely you meant 'in' and not 'on'

  • smahlaba - 2011-07-22 09:00

    These guys are sick. We should put a stop to these people coming onto our country to mess it up.

      mike - 2011-07-22 09:28

      I agree - we mess it up quite perfectly ourselves

      Edward - 2011-07-23 15:15

      Those people coming into our country for whatever reason are here by request-invitation,so blame those who are Sending out the invitations-not those who Accept the invitations-and get paid well for visiting us for whatever reason.

  • munchkin.ross - 2011-07-22 09:02

    Lets shoot them all and sell their remains to the nearby Samgoma.

  • ks - 2011-07-22 09:05

    Have you heard of the latest discovery, the finger tips of people who have been involved in Rhino hunting have more aphrodisiac effects than anything else available.

  • RhinoGP - 2011-07-22 09:16

    I guess using the phrase "RHINO HORN FOR SEXUAL IMPROVEMENT" is a joke!!!!!!

  • P!NK - 2011-07-22 09:19

    gross

  • Gordon20 - 2011-07-22 09:19

    Something fishy about this story.......

  • Hannes - 2011-07-22 09:21

    Waarom word hoere nou Sex workers genoem? 'n Hoer is 'n hoer.

      mike - 2011-07-22 09:30

      thank you for that insightful revelation

  • theratlady - 2011-07-22 09:29

    The killing of rhino and other big five should be banned. Shooting a rhino on a farm is not hunting at all it is slaughter. All rhinos should be dehorned to avoid poaching and this henious acts like the one mentioned above. It is so sad to see these magnificant beasts being slaughtered for pleasure or financial gain. SIck!!!

  • masenya30 - 2011-07-22 09:30

    hahahaha good one

  • Hungwe - 2011-07-22 09:34

    Put them away for life and the safari operator should get life without parole, plus get castrated, he is absolute scum.

  • Stacey Muller - 2011-07-22 09:34

    If Man don't stop the poaching of these beautiful creatures (including dolphins & Sharks) what are we going to be left with? It is only man at the end of the day that can make a difference to this situation and stop it before it is too late. This should be taken seriously and people should be punished for their actions. An eye for an eye!!!!

  • popaai - 2011-07-22 09:39

    Look at the pictures on the net. A lot of posed photos is with the same animal Check the 3 "cut-outs" on the left ear and sharpness of the front horn Only the darker animal is the different ones, the rest is all army color with the same blood spot on the front leg

  • Rob - 2011-07-22 09:41

    They should just kill these people. Its that simple. Although they not worth the value of the bullet that will be used.

  • BonVoyage - 2011-07-22 09:44

    If the small people from the east who are not man enough to keep their own horns UP, and have no respect for their woman to offer them to the African Continent, this market would not have been stimulated. The guys who are involved and found guilty must pay for there actions seeing that they fell pray for the greed. Message to all involved: Be a real Man and face your trail. And to the "SMALL" men from the east, find a more Manly way to keep your horn up boy and send your woman home. Our Men will keep us happy thanks.

  • Baddy - 2011-07-22 09:47

    Hhahahahaha, Lady boys!!!

  • motsokwane - 2011-07-22 09:49

    They really knew how to make Mr rhino 'horny' didn't they? with Thai pros,and then they cut off his horn.Cruel bitches.

  • Rhino - 2011-07-22 10:04

    Very sad; rhino= HIV AIDS, rhino horn= DEAD SOUTH AFRICANS and yet we still discusse this like some opera movies? IT IS TIME TO ACT

  • Marius - 2011-07-22 10:11

    If you want to sms or phone Marnus Steyl here is his number: 083 457 8431. His wife Eunice: 083 448 0641

  • onthefence - 2011-07-22 10:28

    No wonder - the last two times I have wanted Thai take aways the options have been limited.....they are out hunting.

  • Gary - 2011-07-22 10:58

    Poison the damn Rhino horn so that people start dying. To hell with human rights on this issue. SANDF need to score some frags as well. Show these parasitic oxygen thieves that they will die if they carry on. And that bonehead lion breeder safari operator thing that made money out of this needs to be removed from the gene pool!!

  • alexfortune69 - 2011-07-22 12:03

    "Permit regulations allow a hunter to shoot only one rhino a year." !!!!BAN HUNTING !!!

  • Craig - 2011-07-22 12:08

    OMG what next? Doesn't anyone have a heart? Is money that powerful that it blocks out your humanity? I say prison sentence 25 years and R100m penalty. Or Prison till the R100m is paid.

  • Truth24 - 2011-07-22 12:15

    Im not 'sure' what half of this 'article' means.

  • SAGirl - 2011-07-22 12:23

    This is disgusting! Rhino's are on their way to extinction - there should be a call to stop rhino hunting altogether. We need to protect these animals SA!

  • tokoloshe - 2011-07-22 12:35

    THAT RIFLE LOOKS VERY MUCH LIKE A 457 MAGNUM. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE ONE OF THOSE GIRLS FIRE ONE, NEVER MIND EVEN TRYING TO GET IT TO HER SHOULDER. ONE OTHER PHOTO OF A 'GIRL' WITH HER RHINO, THAT RIFLE LOOKS LIKE A 3006 WILL IT BRING DOWN A FULLY GROWN RHINO ME THINKS NOT.

  • chirpee24 - 2011-07-22 13:11

    Does anyone know where I can get some good A-Grade Thai Rhino Horn? I need some for a new muti Im working on to dispel poachers..

  • JMan - 2011-07-22 13:13

    Intense. Now i've (almost) read it all.

  • pop101 - 2011-07-22 13:37

    Yo Momma sucks rhino horn

  • Southernwrit - 2011-07-22 13:58

    I heard that this rhino horn thing does not work, but it does if you strap it on !!!

  • David - 2011-07-22 14:33

    What about a legislation passed that assets and funds can be frozen(seized) on an international level. That would hurt the pocket of any crime syndicate!!

  • Daniel Viviers - 2011-07-22 22:33

    May God have mercy

  • Edward - 2011-07-23 15:00

    Daaivarksetier is easily translated to mean "that pig's tiger". Yet some clever dude needs a dictionary to look up the word?