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Teen tells of SA prostitution ring

2012-01-23 12:00

Cape Town - A Johannesburg teenager has told how she was kidnapped and taken to Cape Town where she was forced to work as a prostitute.

The 16-year-old girl tipped off police on a human trafficking ring in South Africa, reported Eyewitness News.

She was abducted in Bramley in mid-October 2011 by four men and forced to drink a laced concoction which put her to sleep. When she woke up, she was in Khayelitsha where she was raped. She was then told that she would be working as a prostitute along with other South African teenagers.

She tried to escape twice and said she would rather have died trying to escape than have to live that kind of life.

She managed to escape after two months, and although she has been reunited with her parents, she is struggling to cope and to move on with her life.

She said she was unable to sleep and that it was the most terrible experience of her life.

The Hawks were currently investigating the case.

Comments
  • DieSeL - 2012-01-23 12:05

    So sad! the poor girl must be so traumatized. Hope they catch those b@stards and make them some1's b!t@h in prison!!!

      procold2 - 2012-01-23 12:21

      this child will never again be normal,as far as prison goes waste of money,shoot them for resisting arrest,

      Gideon - 2012-01-23 12:48

      @rbczovczov: dude, seriously? Do you know what sort of people generally frequent these makeshift bordellos? Do you think that if they are willing to pay for sex with an underaged girl, who probably didn't partake in the act with a smile on her face, would give a damn if she was kidnapped or not? Human trafficking is huge, and this story is completely plausible, so until facts to the contrary emerge, reserve your opinion if you're going to say stuff this stupid.

      Garth - 2012-01-23 12:56

      @rbczzzzz - seriously, you young fool, you need to smell what you are shovelling.

      ChiefGalaktus - 2012-01-23 12:58

      @@rbczovczov, huh? Really!!!

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-01-23 13:05

      @ rbczovczov - yeah that's the thing with rape and human traficking apparently, the victim always has to prove her innocence.. And this is why so many women don't bother reporting it. You are part of the problem!

      Ann - 2012-01-23 13:25

      Sadly, Human trafficking is very prevalent in South Africa - below is an excerpt from The Daily Maverick which was published earlier this month online ... "That said, it is true that illegal goods are a vast market. To the extent that it can even be measured, the Center for International Policy's Global Financial Integrity programme estimated last year that illicit goods account for a $650-billion market. Here's their top ten: Drugs: $320-billion Counterfeiting:$250-billion Humans: $31.6-billion Oil: $10.8-billion Wildlife: $7.8 to $10-billion Timber: $7-billion Fish: $4.2 to $9.5-billion Art and Cultural Property: $3.4 to $6.3-billion Gold: $2.3-billion Human Organs: $0.6 to $1.2-billion" This young lady's mother was interviewed on the radio this morning and a person who is involved with assisting such children called in. Her warning was very dire indeed - PEOPLE IN SOUTH AFRICA MUST STOP THINKING THIS IS OTHER COUNTRIES' PROBLEM - IT IS VERY MUCH ALIVE AND WELL IN SOUTH AFRICA, INCLUDING ALL THE 'AFFLUENT' SUBURBS WHO BELIEVE THEY WILL NOT BE AFFECTED BY SUCH MATTERS... To see the whole article, here is the URL http://dailymaverick.co.za/opinionista/2012-01-03-lets-ban-bans-and-start-with-cites

      robert.ellerbeck - 2012-01-23 13:46

      Scary stats man. No wonder the world economy is in the toilet. Nothing is done to stop these crimes and we are a big part of the problem. Many of us buy these stolen items to save us some money. Gandhi said "Be the change you want to see in the world", its about time we removed our heads from the sand and do something about this as governments obviously wont. Makes you wonder how big governments slice of this cake is?

      eric.vanvuuren - 2012-01-23 16:14

      Tip to the hawks. Check the finacial history of all the family members and you might find that it was a father or uncle etc. that sold her.

      Mlungisi - 2012-01-24 10:02

      I continue to be baffled by the dislike on comments where people are offering sympathy on @Ann informative comment, this makes e think that the same offenders are frequenting these articles and dislike it when they are caught or exposed, anyway really hope the girl gets to some how move on with her life and in a way put this all behind her, it was her determination that aided her escape as she said she would rather die than live that kind of life, really sad hope the Hawks investigations result in the perpetrators behind bars....

      senny.tloubatla - 2012-01-24 11:28

      Hey Diesel, you are killing me.

  • Heinrich - 2012-01-23 12:10

    I heard this story on Kieno's show. It is strange. She managed to escape and find her way to the police station. What I cannot understand is : She must have known where the place of evil is, and what the evil people look like, as well as the other victims. So why did the police not immediately wander in and zap these guys good and solid? Hope she gets rid of the nightmares soon.

      Vermie - 2012-01-23 12:50

      Hmmm could have been a few reasons for it. She might not have ever been allowed out of the place thus no idea where she was, she's not a native to cape town (I've been there lots and even I get lost) and when the only thing on your mind is trying to get away from whatever is behind you I don't think you focus on remebering street names and landmarks... but that might just be me xD

      Honest - 2012-01-23 14:09

      I guess for security reasons and not wanting to jeorpadise the investigation no further info has been made public like the plan to bust the place where the crime is being commited .

      clubduvet - 2012-02-18 10:43

      Because there are apparently SAPS members either involved or they gain in some way from their relationship with the traffickers. Also because of many SAPS' attitude towards victims of human trafficking. They are considered to be prostitutes - and that's that.

  • Annalene - 2012-01-23 12:17

    South Africa, criminal's paradise !

      Sithando - 2012-01-23 12:32

      Modern day slavery is a universal problem and not specific to South Africa.Read and wise-up.

      Given - 2012-01-23 18:05

      if Annalene read more or even travelled outside of South Africa she would know that this kind of thing is universal.I just wish the other countries could be honest about the crime rate in their backyards as we are to the world,then ppl would stop labelling us.Iv travelled to the States a number of times and have experinced crime twice.So this is not just a south afrkcan thing.

  • Mattewis - 2012-01-23 12:45

    This happens every day on the ANC beat, and they have the audacity to talk about slavery & colonialism! This has to be the worst form of slavery known to mankind! Why were SAPS units like the CPU & SANAP disbanded with the loss of many crack detectives, if it were not to make space for the new cadres? Now the SAPS need a special unit just to investigate their internal crime & corruption. But, eish, we vote for them next time again because they brought us "freedumb"!

      Homemissionary - 2012-01-24 06:53

      Ever heard about trafficking from India to Nepal? This has nothing to do with the ANC.

      Mattewis - 2012-01-24 10:05

      @Homemissionary I'm sorry for their troubles (in India), but my primary concern is for what happens on my own doorstep! This kind of thing didn't even happen in SA townships here prior to the "'94 liberation"! The difference between crime then, and crime now, definitely does have something to do with the ANC, wouldn't you think?!

      Fiona - 2012-01-24 10:46

      You really have to stop believing that the ruling party is the origin of all evil! That's as unrealistic as believing that the lumps of coal you find in your christmas stocking each year actually come from Father Christmas!

  • Andre - 2012-01-23 13:00

    Anything the SAPS don't know about these practices? Anything they do about it, no they rather partake in the "fun".

  • david.lebethe - 2012-01-23 13:19

    Thanx that she lived to tell the story. It's bad that there is no official comment after the victim had been to the police to report about her ordeal. Many like her are failed by the system. Maybe is about time that those capacity (Independent Media) and private investigation donate their time and expertise to help apprehend the culprits. I thing for sure, is that police will not bring culprits to book without any external pressure.

  • E=MC2 - 2012-01-23 13:29

    Sick sh1ts! Catch them & cut it off... with a blunt dirty knife!!

      Isabella - 2012-01-23 14:28

      That goes for them and the sick bastards who get a kick out of sleeping with underaged girls, Sounds more like rape to me. If it were not for them there would be no market for human trafficking

  • Karabo - 2012-01-23 14:15

    I don't understand why penis is causing so many people heart ache and pain....

  • Kagisho - 2012-01-23 14:31

    It is sad to reach of such disheartening stories in the news, my question is where is the Law enforcement body in this country... is it because some of them are party to this unspeakable deeds?? or is it because society has lost its value... no one cares what happens to each other as long as it is not someone close to me?... The fact of the Matter is Prostitution is Illegal why does SA have to be so lenient when addressing this issue??? we know that Human Trafficking is primarily caused of Prostitution!!

  • Michelle - 2012-01-23 14:38

    I hope they catch these sick bastards!! These poor girls will never be the same again!!

  • Travis - 2012-01-23 14:44

    I have 3 daughters. There are many things in life that terrify me, but the 3 things that terrify me most about my girls growing up into this world, are rape, drugs and kidnapping. And this situation had all 3!! What would you do if you found these animals before the police did?

      robert.ellerbeck - 2012-01-23 14:56

      Travis many of us know what we would do, the question is would you be willing to do it? How much of a monster are you willing to become to protect the ones you love?

  • robert.ellerbeck - 2012-01-23 14:46

    This story proves one again, out country has become the toilet the rest of Africa dumps its human waste in. Our government turns a blind eye because they helped in the struggle and the police are involved. No wonder we see so many stories of people taking the law into their own hands. Ask yourselves what would you do if this was your child? I know what I would do but that post was deleted.

  • robert.ellerbeck - 2012-01-23 15:04

    News 24 have now deleted 4 of my posts. I assume they don't like what I have to say. I wish this girl all the best and just by getting away she has proved she is stronger then anyone of us can imagine. I hope this story does not become another we complain about but forget about in a week. Lets all keep putting pressure on police and government until these animals are someone's prison B!@tch.

  • Luke Ranjith - 2012-01-23 15:34

    Bring back the death penality

      Sharon - 2012-01-23 15:50

      @ Karabo because SOME men cant keep it in their pants and they find it fun to rape little girls........... and that is SOME men from any ethnic group

      David - 2012-01-23 17:00

      AMEN!!

  • naazneen.alcock - 2012-01-23 16:23

    this is awful. there is no humanity eft in the world. she is incredibly brave to have escaped and to have kept the will to be free alive. i hope she receives the help she needs.

  • David - 2012-01-23 16:29

    F@#ck, I hate people that destroy young innocent girls that way, they should let them be raped and then castrated and left to bleed to death in a desert with a bottle of seawater to drink!!

  • Patsy - 2012-01-23 17:03

    Good luck...I hope you catch the b@stards and string them up - not by the neck either....

  • anthony.blaine1 - 2012-01-23 20:15

    Hey this is happening all the time,by time someone wakes up and investigates.Is it because the young ladies are usually from less affluent areas.

  • Deepchund - 2012-01-23 20:17

    This case will drag on and eventually be thrown out of court. The culprits will be smiling all the way. That is justice,South African style. Money will be changing hands somewhere along the way, MONEY TALKS.

  • Homemissionary - 2012-01-24 06:52

    Poor girl.And all the others who are still trapped.I hope justice comes swiftly, though it won't change what they have gone through nor relieve the trauma.

  • Ryan - 2012-01-24 07:03

    She is so incredibly brave. I wish her a rapid recovery and prosperous life.

  • Washington - 2012-01-24 08:36

    Where was this girl abducted? I smell a rat here. There is no innocence in this girl.

      Kerry - 2012-01-24 09:16

      I agree where was she .............. something not to kosher if you ask me!

      Fiona - 2012-01-24 11:02

      Why always blame the victim? Why always blame a woman or a girl? If there was supposedly "no innocence in this girl" then why did she leave the place of prostitution(ie escape)?? Why did she then go to the police??? Why did she go back home to her parents??? Get real - be a man and just admit that innocent young girls DO get taken against their will. It happens all over the world and it is happening here.

  • Anel - 2012-01-24 09:00

    http://www.oicbstorage.com/konrad/ebooks/Thanks_for_the_Memories___The_Truth_has_Set_Me_Free_.pdf

  • Dale - 2012-01-24 11:09

    thats sick.....

  • senny.tloubatla - 2012-01-24 11:28

    Hey Diesel, you killing me.

  • lynn.l.masombuka - 2012-02-06 10:28

    Its a nightmare when your car gets stolen wat more being raped and forced to sell your body for money some people are sick and twisted, my heart bleeds for this poor girl, how shattered her world must b, this is a dangerous world we live in for girls and boys alike!

  • Olivia - 2012-02-06 13:08

    I hope somebody on her side gets her help at FAMSA or at non-profit associations that offers psychological treatment. Life is hard enought we must wake-up and start smelling the coffee and not live like a tortoise in his shell.

  • Lelo - 2012-02-06 16:16

    How cruel do you have to be for you to do this to another human being?Yoh some deeds are really mind boggliing!

  • Kholofelo - 2012-03-22 09:50

    this is all the fault of SA government,if international dwellers were adamanded to enter the state,this whole crime could not happen frequently so...They barge in our country with aim of producing money through prostitution,they find it hard to gather ppl to make money with,hence they tempt to kidnap our children and force them to use drugs...Shame poor girl...NO NO NOOO!!! South Africa Wake up,our nation began to belong to foreign ppl...u cnt even find a south african resident in nigeria or wherever outside...if u do,it might be due to education or work...the government must open eyes and see how the country's regime expires and the foreigns plunge their nose to serve an interest in the south african constitution

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