Pimping charges withdrawn against Zambian national

04 Mar 2015 15:20pm
WINDHOEK, 04 MAR(NAMPA) - A Zambian woman who faced multiple charges of alleged human trafficking and supplying young girls to a suspected paedophile at Swakopmund in 2012, has been set free.
“The prosecution against Zambian national Gwen Nelwembe should be discontinued on a request by the Office of the Prosecutor-General, and according to the provisions of Section Six (6) B of the Namibian Criminal Procedures Act,” said State Advocate Innocentia Nyoni in court on Tuesday.
High Court Judge-President Petrus Damaseb presided over the matter.
A Namibian national Johanna Lukas, who was earlier charged with Nelwembe, now remains alone in the case.
In the matter, the two women each faced five counts of rape; five charges of trafficking in persons, which is an offence under the Prevention of Organised Crime Act; and a charge of soliciting or enticing a child under the age of 16 to commit a sexual or indecent or immoral act.
A summary of substantial facts contained in the charge sheet has it that Lukas allegedly recruited three minor girls at Swakopmund during April, May and June 2012 with the intention of allowing them to be sexually exploited by Marthinus (Martin) Pretorius, a 43-year-old South African.
Lukas is also accused of having caused Pretorius to rape two of the girls who were primary school pupils aged 13 and 14 at the time of the alleged incidents.
Similarly, Nelwembe was also accused of having recruited a 17 or 18 year old girl to be sexually exploited by Pretorius. The prosecution was further accusing her of having caused Pretorius to rape the girl on diverse occasions during June 2012 in Swakopmund, where he was reportedly employed as a construction manager at the time of the alleged incidents.
Pretorius has not been arrested yet, and is thought to have fled to his native country.