DURBAN – KwaZulu-Natal POLICE have arrested a 53-year-old woman who allegedly gave her daughter money in exchange for her silence after her rape.
Police said the mother was aware of the girl’s ordeal. However, she took no action against the abuser, and instead gave the abuser’s daughter R100 to silence her.
According to KZN SAPS spokesperson Col. Thembeka Mbele, the teenager has learned that she will be traveling to Gauteng to visit a family friend.
“The young girl was told that the friend would buy her clothes, a cell phone and a gold tooth. When she arrived in Johannesburg, she was introduced to men,” Mbele said.
She said one of the men then took the girl away and raped her overnight. The next day, Mbele said, the man took the girl back to her mother.
“At home, she saw this man giving his relative some money which she then walked into the house to count,” Mbele said.
She said the 15-year-old was rescued by two girls who knew her from the area where she lived.
“They brought her home. When she arrived home, she was afraid to tell anyone what had happened to her. She later took the courage to report the incident to the Elslagte SAPS police station and charges of human trafficking and rape were opened for investigation, ”Mbele said.
She said the investigation led to the mother’s arrest.
“The suspect is scheduled to appear in Ladysmith Magistrates’ Court tomorrow,” she said.