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Home for sexually abused girls desperately needs accommodation

The New Life Centre for Girls is appealing for assistance to find accommodation for 24 school-going children who have been rescued from brothels in Hillbrow.

New Life Centre is an NGO which rehabilitates women and children who have been commercially sexually exploited and trafficked in South Africa and was established in 2005.

The NGO cannot find any accommodation for the children, after they were evicted from a house in Lombardy, volunteer Lara Plumstead explains.

Social Services have threatened to separate the children and distribute them to homes across South Africa, if the centre cannot find a new home.

Plumstead says the young girls have become a family unit and are distraught by the prospects of being torn apart.

These girls have been together, some of them for a decade. And they are sisters who love each other.

Lara Plumstead, Volunteer at the New Life Centre for Girls

What I need is a house, today so Social Services backs off.

Home for sexually abused girls seeks funding

Social services says, without a house the girls go today.

Home for sexually abused girls seeks funding

Plumstead has urged Johannesburg residents to come forward with any alternative housing arrangements which will not require payment before Friday.

Take a listen to her explain the implications of separating the girls and their story:


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