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Fifteen more prostitutes yesterday identified policemen they say assaulted and extorted money from them when executing arrests.

The group accompanied a 24-year-old woman who was allegedly raped on Friday night at the police station by a police officer.

This was after she was arrested with other prostitutes and taken to the Johannesburg Central police station.

Police spokesman Superintendent Eugene Opperman confirmed that the province was aware of the case against the Johannesburg officers.

"Investigations are continuing against the police who were responsible," Opperman said. "The station commissioner is handling the case."

The woman, who may not be identified, said she would now sleep easier at night after identifying the policeman who allegedly raped her at the police station.

"I was not scared when I saw him at the identity parade because the police assured me that he could not see me from the other side of the glass. I now feel happy and relieved."

She said she was sjambokked, punched, kicked and insulted by the officers when they were picked up from the streets. She claimed this continued at the police station.

"The policeman pushed me into a room where he repeatedly raped me. He searched for condoms in a locker and found one, which he used to rape me repeatedly," she said.

The prostitute claimed that other policemen refused to open a case against their colleague when she reported the matter at the station on Sunday.

After Sowetan reported on her story on Monday rape, assault and extortion cases were opened.

Two of the women who laid charges yesterday said they were happy that the policemen they identified would be charged.

"We are finally going to see something being done about our plight. We thank Sowetan for exposing the dangers we face at the hands of these policemen," said a 28-year-old prostitutes.


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