Young girls rescued from Bloem brothel

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Police in Bloemfontein rescued three young girls from a brothel in Zastron Street, following an unannounced police raid at a block of flats on Thursday.

A 36 year old Nigerian man was arrested earlier this week for human trafficking and running a brothel. The man is expected  to appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on 24 July 2017.

Police spokesperson, Chaka Marope, says the block of flats where the girls were found had been under police surveillance for some months as it was suspected to be a hideout spot for notorious criminals and prostitutes, and also serves as a storage facility for stolen goods, drugs as well as other illegal substances.

“Young girls aged between 16 and 21, were rescued after they were allegedly been found locked in one of the rooms suspected to be used as a brothel. The victims also alleged that they have been kept in the room against their will for the past six months and used as sex workers by the apartment owner. The girls were freed and taken to their different homes in Mangaung to reunite with their families,” said Marope.

Pulane Choane- pulane@centralmediagroup.co.za