Childline concerned over hike in child rapes
KIDNAPPERS have been targeting children, particularly in Eastern Cape, to keep as sex slaves, Childline says
After the arrest of a 25-year-old man, who allegedly kidnapped a 15-year-old girl and drugged and raped her repeatedly for three months, Childline national coordinator Joan van Niekerk said it was worrying that there was quite a number of complaints of this nature.
Childline is a non-governmental organisation that strives to protect children from all forms of violence.
"While it's common in the province it's not a uniquely KwaZulu-Natal problem, but a national phenomenon, particularly in Eastern Cape, where it is common for a group or a single person to abduct a child and keep her as a sex slave. They do so because they are in a position of power," she said.
The suspect will appear in the Newcastle Magistrate's Court today on charges of kidnapping and rape.
KwaZulu-Natal police spokesman Colonel Vincent Mdunge said the teenager, who is from Madadeni in Newcastle, was abducted at gunpoint on March 29. She was then taken to Chesterville in Durban.
"It is alleged that the victim was held captive for about three-and-a-half-month before her captor let his guard slip by forgetting to lock the door. While he slept she managed to escape. Neighbours gave her money to take a bus back home," he said.
The traumatised girl is receiving trauma counselling.
KZN Provincial police commissioner, Lieutenant-general Mmamonnye Ngobeni said: "That such a horrendous crime was committed against a defenceless, vulnerable child in this day and age is totally unacceptable. We condemn the evil deed in the harshest terms. If convicted we would like to see the court hand the accused the most severe sentence possible."