Nine women and 14-year-old girl saved from an alleged brothel

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Prostitution is one of the oldest professions in the world. But just how far will people go to satisfy their sexual urges?

The Hawks recently rescued nine women and a 14-year-old girl from a flat in Nelson Mandela Drive, Bloemfontein. The nine women and the teenager were allegedly under the control of a 27-year-old man.

Hawks spokesperson, Warrant officer Lynda Steyn explains he was found in the flat with the women, all of whom are apparently prostitutes who work under his command.

A further 24 small brownish rocks, pipes to smoke the rocks, as well as condoms and a journal containing a list of the sex workers and the money they made per day were found.

The suspect is set to appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, January 14. The nine women and the 14-year-old girl are in a place of safety.

While the Hawks continue their investigations into the matter, Newcastle has also seen its fair share of prostitution, which includes under-age girls prostituting themselves for money.

In January 2018, the Newcastillian published an article on 16-year-old *Annabelle, a teenager who was prostituting herself to support her drug habit.

She is unfortunately not the only youngster allegedly walking the streets, selling her body to men with sordid desires.

Read more: Is child prostitution rife in Newcastle?

While there are teenage girls who voluntarily offer sexual service in exchange for money, there are those who find themselves the victims of human trafficking.

Human trafficking was recently officially labelled as the fastest growing illegal industry globally, with forced labour generating an estimated annual profit of $150 billion according to the International Labour Organisation (ILO). 

The ILO claims there are an estimated 40.3 million victims of human trafficking globally. Out of this staggering number of people, there are 4.8 million people trapped in forced sexual exploitation.

Also read: Human trafficking, fastest-growing industry, profiting around $15 billion per year

With several women and girls finding themselves in the world of prostitution, what are your thoughts on the matter? What do you think should be done to address the matter of prostitution and human trafficking?

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One thought on “Nine women and 14-year-old girl saved from an alleged brothel

  • 13th Jan 2020 at 1:33 pm

    In Newcastle prostitution is on the increase. Driving down Patterson and adjacent streets you will find sex workers proudly displaying their wares for sale, daily they grow in numbers.
    There are about four of these sex workers that can’t be much older than 14 yrs of age. The one is so thin and malnourished that Iv’e named her Stokkies. Then there are some as old as the hills and I wonder what type of man would even give them a second glance, how hard up must they be to stoop so low?
    Iv’e often wondered what would drive a woman to sell her body and the only conclusion I can come up with, it’s easy money.
    Is there a way to stop prostitution? I doubt it, as long as there are dirty men that make use of their services, there will be prostitutes willing to oblige for the easy money they make.


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