UPDATE: Alleged rapist’s trial trapiso begin in September

The man (37) facing charges of human trafficking and kidnapping after allegedly turning a girl (12) into a sex slave will begin his pre-trial in September. Photo: Supplied

A Nigerian man accused of turning a young girl into a sex slave will begin his pre-trial in September.

The man briefly appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, where it was ruled that he would remain in custody until his trial began on 13 September.

The case has since gained support from the DA Women’s Network (Dawn), ANCWL and other organisations.

The 37-year-old is facing charges of human trafficking, kidnapping and rape, and has been in police custody since his bail was denied in December last year.

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Sunnyside police spokesperson Captain Daniel Mavimbela said the 12-year-old girl allegedly kidnapped and sexually assaulted by the man was reported missing from her home in Mamelodi early September.

“According to reports, the grade 7-learner left home to meet friends at a recreational park just outside Silverton,” said Mavimbela.

An unknown girl is said to have led the minor to a flat in Sunnyside, east of Pretoria, where they spent the night.

Police were told that when the girl woke up the following morning, she saw the man seated on the bed.

There was no sign of the unknown girl.

“From that point on the 37-year-old man allegedly kept the young girl as his sex slave and raped her repeatedly,” he said.

“It is believed that during the same period, the man attempted to groom the victim into prostitution.”

The girl was apparently beaten for failing to attract motorists to engage in sexual relations with her, according to police.

Also read: Man arrested for ‘raping girlfriend’

She was granted her freedom after being spotted by passersby when she tried to escape from the flat.

“Though the man was not present at that time, he is said to have appeared on the scene,” said Mavimbela.

“He unwillingly agreed to release the girl shortly thereafter.”

The man was arrested shortly after the matter was reported to the local police.

The police’s family violence, child protection and sexual offence unit is investigating.

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