Rescued kids were abused

2015-11-20 11:00
The property at 94 Pietermartiz Street that was being used as a brothel. Three children were rescued from the house by police.

The property at 94 Pietermartiz Street that was being used as a brothel. Three children were rescued from the house by police. (Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg - A medical report has found that two children rescued by police from an alleged brothel in Pietermaritzburg were sexually abused.

The children were among three who were rescued from a property at 94 Pietermaritz Street.

The property was being used as a brothel by squatters, without the consent and knowledge of the owner, Poobie Naidoo, the owner of Poobie Naidoo’s Sports Warehouse.

According to a police source, the three children are the offspring of the prostitutes working at the brothel.

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Mthokozisi Ngobese said all three were examined and, with the results in hand, two cases of rape have been opened for further investigation.

“The children are in the care of social workers,” Ngobese said.

No arrests have been made thus far and the investigation is continuing.

On Tuesday, The Witness reported that police had raided the property last Thursday after receivig a tipoff believed to be from one of the prostitutes’ clients that children were being abused on the property.

At the time of the article, Naidoo’s legal adviser Shaun Driemeyer said the property had been invaded “over a period of time” and while Naidoo, a prominent businessman in the city, was aware the property had illegal occupants, he was unaware of the prostitution being carried out there.

When The Witness visited the property on Tuesday, journalists saw women standing outside the property with matresses, furniture and plastic bags filled with clothes.

Condom wrappers and broken beer bottles were scattered across the unkempt yard.

The dilapidated structure had no windows or doors, and the interior walls were scorched.

The gates to the property were chained closed.

Naidoo said in an affidavit that the property was sold in July this year and that it would no longer have been in his name had the municipality provided him with a rates clearance certificate timeously.

The raid on Naidoo’s property comes as part of a major police clampdown on brothels, illegal bed and breakfasts, and prostitution in the city.

Pietermaritzburg cluster commander Major-General Lucas Ngobeni established a special task team earlier this year to shut down such facilities.

Since its establishment, the team has served notices on more than 15 properties, shutting down five major alleged brothels in the process, including Je Taime at the corner of Pietermaritz and Peter Kerchhoff streets, Dreamgirls on Hoosen Haffejee Street, which was renamed Thirsty’s, and a house at 216 Mayor’s Walk where many prostitutes were said to have been working.

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