Sold for sex

Xolelwa and Lesedi are kid­napped by a hu­man-traf­fick­ing ring.

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“There is no hope for them. They get the feel­ing that they’ve been locked away and they will never go home,” ex­plains Mahlatse Le­toka of her schoolgirl char­ac­ter Xolelwa and Lesedi’s (Luyanda Mzazi) sit­u­a­tion on Thurs­day 1 De­cem­ber. They’ve been taken by a gang of hu­man traf­fick­ers to Cape Town, where they’re kept in a build­ing that has cam­eras around ev­ery cor­ner watch­ing the girls’ ev­ery move.


Rewind back to Mon­day 28 Novem­ber – young Lesedi can’t be­lieve that she’s been in­vited to one of the other girls’ house par­ties, Mahlatse ex­plains, but trou­ble is wait­ing for her. “Xolelwa’s ‘friend’ Lebo (Leera Mthethwa) kind of acts like a pimp. She’s the rea­son that Xolelwa has the fancy clothes and money and she got Xolelwa her ‘boyfriend’.” Lebo spots an op­por­tu­nity and in­vites Lesedi to the flat but Xolelwa can al­ready see what’s go­ing

to hap­pen and she tries to talk Lesedi out of go­ing. “Don’t worry, I won’t drink,” Lesedi tells Xolelwa, but that isn’t go­ing to stop Lebo from get­ting what she wants. On Wed­nes­day 30 Novem­ber, Xolelwa finds Lesedi on a bed, drugged and un­con­scious. “She re­alises how much trou­ble they’re in,” Mahlatse says. “But this guy drugs her too be­fore she can call out for help.”


While Lucy (Manaka Ranaka) and the rest of the Diale fam­ily re­alise on Thurs­day 1 De­cem­ber that Lesedi still hasn’t come home from the party, it’s al­ready too late – she and Xolelwa wake up in Cape Town, locked in a room with other girls. “The girls are in trou­ble and they know it. There is this hec­tic mono­logue af­ter one of the girls is raped,” says Mahlatse. “It puts things into per­spec­tive. One of the girls says, ‘Don’t for­get your name. It’s all that you have now. Re­mem­ber who you are and where you’re from, but know this: you’re here to stay!’” Even when Xolelwa gets the chance to es­cape and asks a se­cu­rity guard for help on the street, he tells her that he’s phon­ing the cops but he ac­tu­ally con­tacts Zakes (Christo­pher Kub­heka) who runs this whole op­er­a­tion and Xolelwa ends up where she started – locked up and be­ing pros­ti­tuted.

STAY­ING HOME While the girls are kept in a house in Cape Town, the scenes were all shot in Joburg, where Gen­er­a­tions has its stu­dios. They scouted in­ner-city lo­ca­tions to look like Cape Town and any back­drops are ei­ther painted or printed to make it seem like they’re in the Cape.

Xolelwa (left) and Lesedi re­alise what’s go­ing on, but it’s al­ready too late.

Zakes keeps Lesedi sep­a­rate from the oth­ers – he’s go­ing to auc­tion her off on­line.

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