Back home from hell

Given Mahlalela

Given Mahlalela

A 26-year-old woman who was forced to work as a prostitute has finally been reunited with her family after she went missing two years ago.

Martha Nkosi of Matsulu near Nelspruit in Mpumalanga was reported missing in December 2005 after four unknown men allegedly abducted her at gunpoint.

On Tuesday, she returned home unharmed and related her sad abduction story to a packed house of family members and the media. Nkosi tried to control her emotions as she narrated her story but at times couldn't hold back her tears.

She said after she was abducted the men drove her to Swaziland where she was forced to work as a prostitute.

"They kept me locked in an abandoned house where I was forced to sleep with their clients who included prominent business gurus," she said.

"After some time I was allowed to go to malls and other public places, but only under the surveillance of two or more of the abductors," she said

Nkosi said she was never paid for what she was forced to do, but sometimes the kidnappers bought her clothes and jewellery.

She said she finally escaped last week after one of the men betrayed his other friends and helped her to flee.

"He told me he was sorry about what had happened and he wanted to change and start a new life. So he gave me money and helped me escape," said Nkosi.

Nkosi said the man who called himself "Joe" told her that they had been running the scheme for about five years.

He allegedly told Nkosi that they also operate a similar scheme in an RDP house in Tonga near Malelane.