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Saved from chains of child marriage

BILLY NTAOTE and SECHABA MOKHETHI Schools in rural communities are faced with high drop-outs as a result of early child marriage or teenage pregnancy, both sad reality that perpetuates the circle of poverty and shutter dreams of many girls. For Nthatuoa*, falling pregnant in her teenage was the last thing on her

Chief in court for trafficking

SECHABA MOKHETHI Chief Letsie Shoaepane of Ha Shoaepane in Matsieng is facing trafficking charges relating to allegedly transferring a 20-year-old woman from Thaba-Tseka district, harbouring her in his house and subjecting her to forced labour and repeated rape in September 2016. In this protracted trial, Letsie first appeared before magistrate court on

Chinese trafficker off hook

How Lesotho ground-breaking case was bungled SECHABA MOKHETHI A 42-year old Chinese man was sentenced 15 years in prison with no option of fine but is now a free man after spending only two months in jail. The Maseru magistrate court had slapped Zheng Chuan Xian with 15-years imprisonment in January 2012,

SA’s social media trafficking serial rapist put-in-irons

BILLY NTAOTE The alleged Fouriesburg social-media serial rapist Mokena Petrus Nhlapo (39) is now facing 46 criminal charges since his arrest by members of the Bethlehem Family violence, child protection, and sexual offences Unit (FCS). Nhlapo is facing charges of kidnapping, trafficking of persons for sexual purposes, assault, pointing of a firearm,

Poverty blamed for Lesotho-SA trafficking

SECHABA MOKHETHI Poverty-stricken Basotho usually fall prey to scams and deceptions which see them lured into trafficking traps which result in forced sex work and labour, dashing any hopes of greener pastures in the comparatively rich South Africa. MNN Centre for Investigative Journalism has uncovered these misdeeds are not only performed by

Teen trafficked into prostitution

BILLY NTAOTE Lineo*, just seventeen (17) — tempted by the promise of a luxurious life in South Africa — found herself agreeing to date Charles*, they connected through social media, later agreeing to a first romantic get-away that turned out to be a gateway to being trafficked into prostitution. She told MNN