Many SA girls 'forced into prostitiution'

2012-01-24 07:44

Johannesburg - A Gauteng teenager who escaped from a human trafficking ring that forced her into prostitution in Cape Town says there are many more girls like her.

She told Eyewitness News she came forward to help the other girls who had been unable to get away.

The teenager was kidnapped by men who drugged her and took her to Cape Town in October 2011. When she woke up, she was raped in a compound in Khayelitsha and told she would become a prostitute.

She tried to run away once but was caught again. On her second attempted escape she managed to get away and made it to a police station.

The girl said her kidnappers were holding at least 10 other girls.

She said they were South African girls between the ages of 13 and 19, many of them full of bruises due to regular assault and mistreatment by the kidnappers.

  • Gregory - 2012-01-24 08:20

    In the interests of safety (if that's possible in SA today), what was the background to the kidnap?

  • Squeegee - 2012-01-24 08:23

    As long as we allow the Nigerian gansters to act without consequence these things will get worse. The government is going to have to get tougher on illegals and syndicates.

      procold2 - 2012-01-24 08:47

      comes down to bribes, the police know where half of these guys are, they are good income for a corrupt police official. - 2012-01-24 08:48

      who said anything about Nigerians?? - You'd be hard pressed to find a Nigerian in Khayelitsha, don't you read the news?

      Thabiso - 2012-01-24 09:52

      Precisely, society knows who the criminal elements are, either we are too scared to be victimised or just plainy know that the same person will be walking the street the very next day with no consequence.

      oscar.manamela - 2012-06-12 12:33

      Xboxs, dont even get go there, Nigerians sell nyaope to our brothers and are killing our nation, Iam not xenophobic and I dont care who comes to South Africa , as long as they come with good intention, You stay in Joburg and Im sure you know very well what Iam talking about

  • david.lebethe - 2012-01-24 08:49

    My speacial plea to News24. Please contact police as soon as possible and make sure the culprits are brought to book.

  • frans.grobler3 - 2012-01-24 09:03

    OK what have the police done ! Hello they are going to get away............

  • Brent - 2012-01-24 09:08


  • Sechaba - 2012-01-24 09:12

    this lady knows where this people are operating from, cant she please take the police there so that other ladies can get helped, asseblief tog

  • Charmaine - 2012-01-24 09:35

    OMG, this is ongoing, Human trafficking of men, women and children, has been going on for years, This happens amongst all Nations, and yes, the police are doing nothing about and as for the Governments, O really now! We must just continue to pray about this and also Healing for these victims. This could happen to anyone. None of us guaranteed safety.

  • Angela Saayman - 2012-01-24 09:53

    Lets hope that the police follow up on this

  • davidnews24 - 2012-01-24 09:53

    it beats me how these gangs are able to operate with such ease in this country. Forget the human rights and start making some arrests!!!!

  • senny.tloubatla - 2012-01-24 11:39

    This is a sick world we live in especially if you are a woman. We are not safe, with the kinds of stats on rape and child molestation.

  • braamc - 2012-01-24 12:15

    Add the free grants to this as well

  • Greg - 2012-01-24 14:19

    The movie called 'Taken' was based on just such realities. If the police are too corrupt to take action, perhaps citizens with special skills should form their own, uncorrupted answer to organised crime. We can all agree that organised crime is thriving in SA and elsewhere because the law protects the criminal more than it protects the victim. Again, if the law enforcent agencies were all that effective, there would be no thriving organised crime. I stand to be corrected.

  • shane.jacoby - 2012-01-24 16:39

    If a young girl came to knock on my door for help... I'd go there and eliminate them... Personally, I reckon it's what we should be doing as the police can't get a handle on it anymore...

  • Monica - 2012-02-22 08:39

    police must find the other girls they got the imformatoin what are yhey waiting for they just using goverment cars for sweet melodies

  • pamela.strydom - 2012-08-23 08:51

    We as parents are required to do our own safety & protection measures for our kids and take extra time for other kids as well.WE are also partially to blame for this evil thats taking place cause we live nextdoor to these kinda people.We tend to have this attitude its not my business,some of us know of these characters on our streets we are scared and to inform the cops is another story unless the cop is not on their payroll then we are lucky.we need to rise up and be more alert and be persistent with reporting these atrocities.Waiting for the saps to do the work they are paid for will take a miracle and what we do in the interim is talk about it...we need strategies,solutions anyone has them lets us shre.

  • bmaestro - 2012-08-23 08:59


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