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Woman 'forced into sex' acts against similar offences

A young East London woman, who alleges that her boyfriend forced her have sex with his friends, says she has decided to tell her story to save other women from falling into a similar trap.

The 23-year-old woman, of Amalinda, who cannot be named because of the nature of the crime, says she met and fell in love with her boyfriend, a prominent East London businessman, in 2010.

He is alleged to have promised her a better life if she slept with his married friends.

Earlier this year, the woman left the man and went to Fleet Street police station to report the case.

When she got there, the police officers there allegedly told her they could not help her because the alleged crime had taken place "too far back" and suggested she see social workers instead.

Police spokeswoman Warrant Officer Hazel Mqala yesterday said: "If indeed such a thing happened, management will investigate and the necessary steps will be taken."

However, the woman's case has been taken up by the Masimanyane Women's Support Centre, which has promised to help her to open a criminal case.

Xolamzi Sam, of Men for Change, said: "Her courage to to come out of the closet to report this will help many to come forward.

"Let these people be charged and convicted for this. With the help of (the) Social Development Department, this will be possible."

Masimanyane's director, Lesley-Ann Foster, said the woman's story was not new and these types of cases were widespread.

"Many young women are vulnerable and are used in cases like this one, where they are turned into prostitutes. This is widespread here, it is good that she has finally come out to expose this," said Foster.

The woman adds that she met the "older" man when she was 21.

"I had just had a child and I was not going to school after I relocated from Queenstown to East London.

"He met me when things were not well for me - when I needed someone who will take care of me," she said.

She was advised to report the matter to the police but they (police) told her to talk to social workers.

Afraid that she would be tested for HIV-Aids, she never went.

"I am very ill right now and I am scared that I might have contracted the virus. But I want this exposed so that it doesn't happen to other women."


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