September 25, 2013
Man lured teenage girls into prostitution with drugs and alcohol, court hears
VANCOUVER —Reza Moazami promised the 11 girls glamorous lives in luxury condos in downtown Vancouver, nice clothes, visits to nail bars and tanning salons and lots of parties. Instead, the girls — aged 14 to 19 — endured long hours working as prostitutes and were subjected to intimidation, physical and sexual assaults and threats.
As part of his method of controlling them, Moazami gave them almost unlimited and free access to “date rape drugs” like ketamine and GHB as well as cocaine, mushrooms, Ativan, OxyContin, Percocet, marijuana and alcohol.
Moazami gave dogs to several girls — two were Chihuahuas, another was a white, fluffy dog; two were named Gucci, another Cadillac. When Moazami wanted to punish the girls, he'd threaten to hurt or even kill their pets.
At least, that's what Crown prosecutor Damienne Darby alleged Wednesday in her opening stateme... [more]
September 26, 2013
Inspector ‘paid R200 for sex with girl, 11'
Durban - A KwaZulu-Natal building inspector, who allegedly paid R200 to a woman to have sex with a child, is facing charges of rape and human trafficking.
Ramloo Perumal Naidu, 47, employed by the uMdoni Municipality, appeared in the Scottburgh Regional Court on Wednesday, sharing the dock with Mandi Davathulu, 25, the woman who allegedly offered the child to him.
The pair are on trial on several charges related to the rape and abduction of an 11-year-old girl. They pleaded not guilty.
It is alleged that Naidu abducted the girl in July last year in Umzinto and raped her at Ifafa Beach, on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast.
Davathulu, facing charges of sexual exploitation and trafficking, is alleged to have offered the services of the child to Naidu, for a financial reward, for purposes of the commissioning of sexual acts.
The State alleges that Davathulu took the child to an uMzinto petrol stat... [more]