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Warning after Port Elizabeth teen lured through social media and raped

By Afikile Lugunya - Oct 25, 2017
Warning after Port Elizabeth teen lured through social media and raped

The South African Police Service (SAPS) has warned young girls to be cautious when using social media platforms as as rapists are now using them to lure potential victims. This comes after the alleged rape of an 18-year-old woman from NU29, Motherwell, in Port Elizabeth, on Monday afternoon.

According to police spokesperson, Captain Andre Beetge, the teen fell victim after the alleged perpetrator introduced himself as a popular soccer player.

“The perpetrator convinced her that a friend of his will bring her to his house, but after meeting this ‘friend’, she was threatened with a screwdriver and taken to the remote bushes close to the Motherwell reservoir and raped," he described.

Captain Beetge said that over the past seven months in Motherwell, nearly ten victims, between the ages of 18-25, were allegedly targeted using social media.

“In all these cases the victims were misled with false information and photographs. In most cases, the perpetrators told the victims that a friend or relative would pick them up while luring the victims away to a remote location and raping them," he said.

Beetge pleaded with social media users to take precautions when socialising on the platforms.

“The SAPS warns the community to take special precautions when socialising on social networks, not to give out personal information or agreeing to meet with persons alone for the first time."

He added that people met on social media are still regarded at strangers until their true reflections has been proven over time.

“Our community, and in particular our young females, should be more careful when using social networksas a dating platform,” Beetge pleaded.