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Hawks rescue teenager from prostitution den

May 31, 2018
Hawks rescue teenager from prostitution den

A joint operation by the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime unit assisted by Mahikeng Tactical Response Team has led to the arrest of two suspects for alleged abduction, rape, sexual exploitation and trafficking of a 17-year-old Lichtenburg girl.

"It is alleged the two suspects abducted the girl at a hiking spot at Lichtenburg and was forced into prostitution, drugs and alcohol consumption," described Hawks Spokesperson, Captain Tlangelani Rikhotso. 

"The Hawks were tipped off and immediately with the assistance of the TRT went to the suspected house unannounced and arrested the two suspects. 

"The young girl was found inside the house which is alleged to be a prostitution den.  The young girl was rescued and taken to a place of safety."

Captain Rikhotso said on Wednesday Natasha Moncho (22) and Mpho Sebati (20) appeared briefly at the Lichtenburg Magistrate's Court and they were remanded in custody until their next appearance on 27 June 2018 pending further investigation.

The Provincial Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations Major General Linda Mbana urged the community not to turn a blind eye on situations such as these as reporting these kinds of crimes could potentially save a life.