Crime fighting unit to demolish a brothel in the North West

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Zodidi Mhlana

Plans to demolish a brothel where scores of young girls and women were rescued more than a year ago are underway.

Captain Tlangelani Rikhotso said the building would be demolished after the North Gauteng High court granted the crime fighting unit a forfeiture order to demolish it.

“The Priority Crime Specialised Investigations (PCSI) unit of the Hawks in North West that specialises in asset and financial investigations made a submission to the Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) to have the building on number 5 Viljoen Street in Pienaarsdorp be forfeited to the state. PCSI had to gather evidence to prove that the property was used solely for criminal activities in contravention of the Prevention of the Organised Crime Act 121 of 1998,” Rikhotso said.

In December 2016, a total of 26 young girls and women were rescued from the controversially building following a raid.

In 2017, 34 women were also rescued from the building during a raid. Two Nigerians were nabbed for human trafficking and drugs and money were found in the house.

@Mhlana