18 November 2018


Lichtenburg court postpones human trafficking case

by: Nthusang Lefafa   date: 29 june 2018

The trial of two women who are facing charges of abducting, drugging and forcing a 17-year-old into the sex trade was postponed to 19 July 2018 to allow police to conduct further investigations.
Natasha Moncho (22) and Mpho Sebati (20) appeared briefly before the Lichtenburg Magistrates Court and were remanded in custody until their next appearance.
Police rescued the young girl from a Lichtenburg house used as a prostitution den following a tip-off from the community.
It is alleged that Moncho and Sebati abducted the girl at a hiking spot in Lichtenburg and she was then forced into drugs and alcohol consumption and later prostitution.  The HAWKS were tipped off by community members and immediately with the assistance of the police’s Tactical Response Team (TRT) went to the house unannounced and arrested the two suspects. 
The minor was found inside the house and was taken to a place of safety.
HAWKS provincial spokesperson, Captain Tlangelani Rikhotso, said the two women are facing charges of “rape, sexual exploitation and human trafficking. 
“We have taken the girl to a place of safety where she is receiving counseling. Over the past two years, we have dealt with about four related cases in the province. What is unique about this one is that the suspected traffickers are of a fairly young age and they are both females”.