Par­ents in court for sell­ing teenage daugh­ter to be raped

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - FA­TIMA SCHROEDER

THE four women and one man stood solemn-faced in the dock of a packed Court 16 in the Cape Town Mag­is­trate’s Court, ac­cused of sell­ing a 13-year-old girl for sex – for as lit­tle as R20 a time.

One is the girl’s mother and the male ac­cused is her step­fa­ther, who can­not be iden­ti­fied in or­der to pro­tect her iden­tity.

Ac­cord­ing to the charge sheet, the State al­leges that the mother sex­u­ally groomed her daugh­ter over a pe­riod of time be­fore pimp­ing the child to the step­fa­ther, and was present dur­ing most of the in­ci­dents.

The young girl was taken by var­i­ous peo­ple to a park or bushes to be raped, at a cost of be­tween R20 and R1 000 a time, money that was used to buy al­co­hol.

It is fur­ther al­leged that the other three women, Maranatha Lotriet of Frankdale in­for­mal set­tle­ment, and Evelina For­tuin and Denise Muller, both of Philadel­phia, also pimped the girl – to a doc­tor.

The child re­ported the in­ci­dent to her teacher, and the po­lice later ar­rested the girl’s mother. The oth­ers were ar­rested later. All five are charged with rape, sex­ual ex­ploita­tion and hu­man traf­fick­ing.

Af­ter she was ar­rested, the mother was sent to Vic­to­ria Hos­pi­tal for psy­chi­atric eval­u­a­tion, but was found not to have psy­chotic ten­den­cies.

It also emerged dur­ing pre­vi­ous court ap­pear­ances in De­cem­ber and Jan­uary that po­lice were look­ing for three more sus­pects in Mos­sel Bay.

In court yes­ter­day, it emerged that the case is to be trans­ferred to the Cape Town Re­gional Court for trial – not the Western Cape High Court.

The five are to ap­pear in court again on July 26, when a Re­gional Court date will be con­firmed.

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