Woman forced into sex work rescued in Cape Town

2016-06-20 22:30
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Cape Town - A young woman was rescued from forced prostitution after being lured to Cape Town with the promise of a job, a City of Cape Town official said on Monday.

The City’s vice squad was busy with an operation in central Bellville on Saturday when they found the 24-year-old woman, said safety and security mayoral committee member JP Smith.

She was taken to a safe house and the matter was handed to the Hawks for further investigation.

Western Cape Hawks spokesperson Captain Lloyd Ramovha said the matter had not reached them as yet.

"Sadly, her story is not unique and is yet another cautionary tale to young people to double-check any offers of employment, especially if you’re from another town or city," said Smith.

"Also, make sure that your family knows your whereabouts at all times, for safety’s sake."

The vice squad issued 20 spot fines, totalling R23 000 for solicitation in Bellville, Wynberg, Kenilworth, and Eerste River.

Meanwhile, the liquor enforcement unit helped with police operations in Khayelitsha, Macassar, Lwandle and Kuils River.

They arrested a person for selling liquor illegally and issued 19 spot fines totalling R39 900.

"During the operation, many revellers at the two illegal liquor outlets that were closed became quite angry and were very critical of the City," Smith said.

He said the intention was not to disrupt their enjoyment of the evening.

The City and police needed to address illegal liquor outlets as they contributed to many attacks, rapes, car-jackings and other incidents, Smith said.

Many residents in Khayelitsha had complained bitterly about the noise, anti-social behaviour, and traffic congestion at these venues.

"I have offered to convene meetings with the relevant departments to assist operators of these venues to comply with all the relevant legislation so that we protect the local residents around them in Khayelitsha."


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