Child sex-workers: Efforts to trace parents

2012-02-19 20:14

Johannesburg - The KwaZulu-Natal police say they have yet to trace the families of some of the 16 child sex-workers rescued in Durban last week.

Spokesperson Colonel Vincent Mdunge said on Sunday authorities had managed to track down some of the girls' parents, but  that finding the remaining families "would not be an overnight exercise, because the girls came from different parts of the country".

"The investigators have allowed the girls to undergo a debriefing session after which they will be filing sworn statements. Only then will re-introduction with families occur," he added.

The girls, eight of whom were minors, were used as drug mules and prostitutes, and were under the influence of drugs when they were rescued.

They were due to be shipped out of South Africa from Durban.

Four people have been arrested.

The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for social development, Weziwe Thusi, commended the police on the arrests.

"We must fight the existence of child trafficking and prostitution rings because they attack the very core of our existence. I would like to call on communities to assist the police in fighting this scourge," Thusi said.

  • Leendert - 2012-02-19 20:21

    Every time I read this, I think back to those poor families of Gert van Rooyen's victims.

      Sandy - 2012-02-19 20:34

      Sadly that is another story , each unique but devastating, Lost innocence and families destroyed.

  • Charmaine - 2012-02-19 21:41

    Thanks to the police for doing their jobs. I still say that these rapists and sex traders should be canned publicly, this will set an example to these men.

  • Lyndatjie - 2012-02-20 07:18

    This story is killing me... shouldn't there be a DNA database somewhere of missing kids in South Africa? Oh no wait... the money for the project is being spent on the gravy train... stupid me!

      Schmee - 2012-02-20 08:30

      Sadly what you say is true.

  • Linda - 2012-02-20 08:41

    My niece has been missing for the past 7 months, she left for home for JHB. Changed her name and it is extreme difficult for us as a family to look for her. She always wanted to go with her bad friends, What then do you do in that case?

  • Graham.Cooper2 - 2012-02-20 09:13

    Any sidebets that Nigerians are involved, brothers of the ANC.

  • domniquez - 2012-02-20 10:27

    This is just disgusting and scary thing is this is but one in how many thousands of stories we hear?!!!! sick sick sick o.O

  • jennalee.myburgh - 2012-02-23 11:51

    Well Done to everyone involved in helping these children. May you be blessed! Its realy wonderful to know that there are people dedicated to this - and its not as easy as it looks - 16 girls saved - thats a start - lets continue the fight against crime!

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