Joburg police accused of failing to act swiftly on alleged sex-trafficking ring

Anti-child abuse group Teddy Bear clinic has accused police of failing to act swiftly on an alleged sex-trafficking ring said to be operating in the Johannesburg CBD.

Teddy Bear Clinic director Dr Shaheda Omar said she became aware of this when one of the children went to hospital to seek treatment for an infection over the Easter Weekend.

The child was soon after kidnapped while waiting for a place of safety when Omar says a nursing sister from the hospital was able to identify the location where the child was kept.

She was accompanied by a social worker and a security guard. They went to the police seeking assistance and were eventfully assisted by two officers who accompanied them to the place in the CBD.

Dr Shaheda Omar, Director - Teddy Bear Clinic

What is horrific about this is that this ring operates from toilets at the back of this facility and 12 children were found. Only the identified child was able to be rescued.

Dr Shaheda Omar, Director - Teddy Bear Clinic

Omar claims the police officers involved refused to assist the other 11 children, forcing her to escalate the matter to senior officials.

The concerning factor is that the officers that accompanied the team refused to go in and one of the reasons provided was that these children "enjoy the sex". Having spoken to several senior officials, they immediately informed me that they had instructed the subordinates yesterday with specific instructions to address the matter immediately.

Dr Shaheda Omar, Director - Teddy Bear Clinic

The concerning factor is that this child who was at the clinic could not have been older than 12 years.

Dr Shaheda Omar, Director - Teddy Bear Clinic

Major-General Linda acted swiftly when he learnt of the matter but we cannot comment on the other police who should have acted immediately.

Dr Shaheda Omar, Director - Teddy Bear Clinic

The Afternoon Drive team could not get a hold of police to comment on the story.

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