Vice Squad issues spot fines to sex workers in Bellville
By Khanyisa Tabata
17 February 2011
The City of Cape Town’s Vice Squad conducted an operation focusing on rehabilitating sex workers in the areas surrounding the Bellville night.
Vice Squad Assistant Chief Nathan Ladegourdie says the operation forms part of continued follow-ups in the area, after numerous complaints from members of the public.
“Vice Squad members issued 11 spot fines to the value of R7 000, 00 for various offences including indecent exposure, disobeying a Law Enforcement Officer and solicitation.
One of the sex workers caught soliciting was found to be 17 years old and the mother of a six month old baby,” said Ladegourdie.
Ladegourdie added the Vice Squad placed the woman in a rehabilitation centre and the baby is being cared for by its grandparents.
“The Vice Squad found that another of the sex workers is homeless and six months pregnant. They assisted by placing her in a homeless shelter and ensuring that she was safe.
“One male was arrested during the operation for possession of illegal narcotics after he was found with a Mandrax tablet,” said Ladegourdie.