Child sex workers rescued - Parents asked to come fetch them
The girls, eight of whom were minors, were used as drug mules and prostitutes, and were under the influence of drugs when they were rescued
The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Social Development has called for the parents of 16 rescued child sex-workers to claim their children.
The girls were rescued on Friday from a building in the Point area in Durban.
MEC Weziwe Thusi said the case was a serious abuse of children.
She urged the nation to take a stand against it and commend the police on a job well done.
“We must fight the existence of child trafficking and prostitution rings because they attack the very core of our existence. I would like to call on communities to assist the police in fighting this scourge,” she said.
Police spokesman Colonel Vincent Mdunge said state authorities had managed to track down some of the girls’ parents.
“The investigators have allowed the girls to undergo a debriefing session after which they will be filing sworn statements. Only then will re-introduction with families occur.”
He said some of the girls families had been tracked down but that finding the remaining families “would not be an overnight exercise because the girls came from different parts of the country”.
The girls would remain in the care of the authorities until details on their captivity are finalised.
The girls, eight of whom were minors, were used as drug mules and prostitutes, and were under the influence of drugs when they were rescued.
They were due to be shipped out of South Africa from Durban.
Four people have been arrested.