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.
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.
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?