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Human trafficking in Cape Town, South Africa

Mostly African refugees fleeing their war-torn African countries are caught up in the human trafficking of youngsters.

A Nigerian national, right, caught pimping underage South African girls. On left is vice squad deputy chief Nathan Lategouri (picture by author).

Hundreds if not thousands of underage South African girls are lured into human trafficking by refugees in South #Africa who have fled their war-torn African countries. Blasting News accompanied the Vice Squad in Cape Town, South Africa and discovered the root or source of human trafficking — African syndicates operating throughout South Africa. According to the most recent human population statistics of South Africa’s 55 million inhabitants, there are more than 15 million African refugees in the country. These refugees are from war-torn African countries like Tanzania, Angola, Mozambique, Somalia, Cameroon and Nigeria. Not all these countries are embroiled in conflict but some are so impoverished that they come to South Africa for a better life. But a better life they indeed get by selling drugs, pimping young girls, and involvement with human trafficking.

Vice Squad

Nayhan Lategouri (the deputy chief of Cape Town’s Vice Squad) said the refugees know the South African law and legal practice. They are fully aware South Africa is extremely lenient on prostitution and even on drugs. The South African government seems to turn a blind eye. The death penalty for drugs and murder has been scrapped since 1994 when the country turned democratic. The foreigners in South Africa have carved a niche market by luring youngsters from Cape Town to other parts of the country and from other parts of the country to Cape Town. They operate like this: They have “nice people, men and women, working for them and turning the girls to prostitution.

These nice people frequent nightclubs where they pick up drunk or drugged young girls and kidnap them and keep them drugged. When the person comes to her senses they will drug her again. She will continually be kept drugged. Then when the youngster is being transported to another part of South Africa she will be made worthless by being raped while under the influence of drugs. She will be raped by several men, and in most cases, infected with HIV. They are forced into the sex trade.

Professionals

Lategouri said these refugees are professionals and know what they are doing. The youngster will go through a process of de-humanizing. Blasting News witnessed a young girl of 16 when she noticed the Vice Squad late on a Saturday evening. She started crying and said she wants to go home to Durban, some 700 Kms from Cape Town. The Vice Squad then called her mother who turned out to be a medical doctor at a local hospital. The girl was taken to a safe house and her Nigerian pimp was arrested. But a member of the Vice Squad said the pimp will be released as soon as his lawyer turns up.

In another case, a Congolese pimp used a 15-year-old coloured girl from Worcester (which is 100 Km from Cape Town). He keeps her drunk and drugged. And he would stand next to her on the streets until a willing customer comes along to pay for her “service.” This pimp makes so much money from one single youngster that he could pay the rent of his posh dwelling, pay for groceries, buy clothes, and even pay his vehicle’s instalments. The Vice Squad rescued this youngster as well. But the situation is getting worse, as more customers from foreign countries are seeking “colored” youngsters for the black market. #Crime

 Source: blastingnews.com

Man pleads guilty to 800 charges, including child porn and rape

Johannesburg – An East Rand car salesman has pleaded guilty to 800 charges, including rape and possession of child pornography.

Dressed in a black shirt, with wooden rosary beads hanging around his neck, Warren Troy Knoop appeared in the High Court in Johannesburg on Wednesday morning.

Members of Women and Men Against Child Abuse filled the court, while two witnesses also followed proceedings from the court gallery.

Judge Cassim Moosa told Knoop that the court needed a fair opportunity to peruse the plea and sentence agreement from the State and defence teams, to see if it was in the interests of justice.

The matter was initially set down for 25 to 30 days, however, Moosa said it would now take approximately 10 days.

“Justice must not only be seen to be done, it must be done,” Moosa said.

Targets

Knoop was arrested at his workplace in October 2015. According to the charge sheet, he faces multiple changes of child porn, rape, sexual assault and producing porn.

Several laptops, external hard drives, cellphones, memory cards, a DVD, PlayStation console and a mini spy-camera, believed to belong to Knoop, were seized during the raid.

According to Women and Men Against Child Abuse, Knoop preyed on single mothers and their children.

The anti-abuse group claimed Knoop had attempted to distribute these images internationally.

He was apprehended after an alert was raised by the United States’ Homeland Security unit.

He is expected to appear in court again on Friday.

Source: news24

17 Y/O Girl Abducted by Sex Traffickers Rescued After She ‘Prayed and Prayed’ Family Would Find Her

A 17-year-old Utah girl abducted by sex traffickers in Las Vegas has been rescued after she “prayed and prayed” her family would find her.

Sarah Dunsey from Logan, Utah, was found in Venice, California, on Friday after she disappeared over a month earlier. At the time of her disappearance, the teen was on a trip with her friends in Las Vegas, where she was believed to have been kidnapped into sex slavery.

Sarah’s mother Amie, who made an emotional plea for her return in a video campaign that went viral, took to Facebook to celebrate the news of her daughter’s safe return.

Annie revealed that Sarah told her family: “I prayed and prayed that you would come, and you came”.

She wrote: “We found our Sarah Bearah!!! Thank you all for sharing, getting Sarah’s face out there, and helping us to find her. Thank you to the people that sent us the tips that found her.”

Annie added, “We are tied to each other in more ways than we think. I felt everyones prayers and energy sent to our family and Sarah. We all want the same thing for our children. To be safe and feel loved. We are tied by a universal need and desire for our children to not be hurt. Thank you for helping my baby girl come home.”

According to the MailOnline, Sarah was reunited with her family at a hospital in California over the weekend. Currently, two men believed to be responsible for the abduction are being questioned by the FBI.

According to staggering statistic announced on NBC’s “Today” show, every 30 seconds someone falls victim to sex trafficking, and UNICEF reports that more than a million children are trafficked each year.

Last month, a total of 55 human trafficking victims, including 28 children, were rescued in a series of raids led by the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force across California.

As reported, 474 people were arrested; 142 men were charged with solicitation, while 36 men were held on suspicion of pimping. The children were turned over to the care of various agencies and were being helped by two organizations, Saving Innocence and the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking.

Sheriff Jim McDonnell explained that over 70 percent of child trafficking victims are often under the care of foster homes. Because the children are hungry for affection and love, they are easily swayed by pimps, who lure them into a trap by tricking them into believing that they will give them what they are looking for.

“They’re looking for love. They’re looking for someone that cares about them. The pimp says that they’re going to give them this, then leads them down a path of destruction,” McDonnell said.

Speaking to the victims of human trafficking, McDonnell said, “You are worthy of more. And we will work tirelessly with our partners … to provide you services and help you rebuild your life.”

Source: gospelherald.com

For daily updates on human trafficking, please visit our partner site: www.nationalfreedomnetwork.co.za

 

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