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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Woman sold to Nigerian men in South Africa speaks of her ordeal

In 2010, Valerie Madondo (second from left) from Zimbabwe crossed the South African border in search of employment. She hoped to earn enough to provide for her infant boys. But her journey took a harrowing turn for the worse after she was sold to Nigerian men by South African women in Rosettenville.

Valerie, now 29, was held captive by these men for six years. Speaking to the CHRONICLE, Valerie shares how she was trafficked in 2010, drugged, abused, sold as a prostitute, locked up, held hostage and raped countless times.
“I came here looking for a job and worked in Pretoria for a while. I trusted some women who said they had a job interview for me. Little did I know that I was being sold to Nigerians for money,” said Valerie.
“I was drugged and abused. I didn’t know where I was and I was often locked up like a hostage. I was raped and I didn’t have any choices in my life while I was a prisoner under these Nigerian monsters. And yes, I tried to escape many times from the Rosettenville area, but I was on so many different drugs that the men would eventually find me as I would not make it very far. I could not escape,”
At this point Valerie was homeless and without money. She received barely enough food for survival, and whatever money she made from the prostitution she was forced into was taken away from her.
“At one point I was arrested. It was around 2014. I was arrested for selling drugs, drugs that I was very much hooked on and craved more than anything else because it was forced into my system. I watched as my kidnappers bailed me out and bribed the police to have me released. I feared all Nigerians and I still do when I see one,” she recalled.

When all hope seemed lost, the Moffatt View Police conducted a house-to-house inspection on November 28, 2016, in Rosettenville and rescued many young women. Valerie was one of them. She was taken in by the police after she cried out for help and was immediately taken to the REC Wellness Centre in Robertsham (Recovery Life Institute)

After her examination it was evident that Valerie had lost a lot of weight in the six years that she was held captive. She is now HIV-positive. Shenaaz from the centre said that Valerie has been doing great work while under their care.

"We took Valerie in and since then she has never gone far off or left the premises. She has had no relapse and she has been doing well in dealing with all the problems she now faces," said Shenaaz.
Moffat View SAPS also commented, saying that on December 1, 2016, during the 16 Days of Activism, the Moffat View SAPS Women’s Network, social crime prevention and communications units visited the brothels and spoke with the ladies found on that night.

"Two ladies were rescued at Berg Street. One was taken back home to Soweto and the other one was taken to rehab at Robertsham. It was earlier in April that the women’s network raised funds so that Valerie can go back home to Zimbabwe. A while later we were visited by Shenaaz and Valerie, who came to thank the management for what the station did,’’ said Constable Mikateko Rebecca Bila, communications officer at Moffat View SAPS"
"I am grateful for all the fundraisers that were held to help get me back home. I got all my papers in order with the help of the Centre and I now have my ticket to go home to Zimbabwe. I am very excited,” said Valerie.
Valerie’s bus left from Park Station at 2pm on Tuesday May 9. The centre thanks the Moffat View Police for the fundraisers and drives held to raise money for clothes and toiletries etc. for Valerie.
Source: The Chronicle

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

I was really surprised there wasn't any comments on this terrible ordeal that happened to this young lady. I'm a first time commenter on this blog. So it means we are not serious in this country. So you're all mute about what happened to this lady after she said it was orchestrated by Nigerians. That might explained the reason why we are being treated brutally in another countries. They don't like us bcos of our wicked ways. Believe me, innocent people are suffering for some of our people's wicked ways. We need to change our ways before we become an outcast through out the entire world.

ifeoma's verdict said...

I dont even understand her baseless story, south africans doing all they can to tarnish the image of nigerians.i dont reallly blame dem cos if our economy was ok, wetin person wan go do for der?

Vivian Reginalds said...

hmm
-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

Niklaus said...

Ifeoma I want to believe ur a woman, and if u truly are a woman, may u n ur future female generations suffer rape. You are truly an idiot for your comment.

parrot said...

Shut up Ho. You don't want to address your kinsmen that are always acting like Animals anytime they cross the border. A lot of our men are filthy abroad.

Gerald Nwokoro said...

I have lived in that country and trust me I know how they reason. I'm not saying we Nigerians are not guilty of a lot but these South Africans are the most prejudice people on earth. Their woman enjoy prostituting even the married ones. They are women of easy virtue. South Africans would look for any reason what so ever to tarnish our image. They are the laziest people have ever met. They brutal and heartless both men and women alike. It's the real reason even the white in that country don't like them. Forget all this things you hear in the news.

Anonymous said...

Have you held they are killing tribes in nigeria?nigeria economic no good and we dont want to sew our coat acording to our size.wetin happen in farming in our own land??Nigeria is blessed with every thing if only every body should abandoned the government and face agriculture the government will be the government will be the one begging people to come and work for the country

Painkiller said...

You are a silly fellow. Let her mention names, specific details of those who sold her. Otherwise, this is a foolish story meant to fit the prevailing mindset of xenophobes !!

Painkiller said...

This story is shallow. Who sold her to Nigerians ? And who are these Nigerians that bought her?? This a story meant to fit into the prevailing mindset of xenophobes !!

Anonymous said...

@ Ifeoma....Be sure it is baseless don't make assumptions. If you see what some Nigerians do in South Africa you will weep and deny them. We have great Nigerians doing good things there but they are outnumbered by those representing us badly. It could also be a case of bad news travel fast and wide since I don't have the statistics to back it up. I pray no girl child goes through this ordeal narrated...it is excruciating...show empathy to those who have been there. You are a strong woman Valerie and I pray this new beginning open divine doors for you. Make Lemonade out of the Lemon thrown at you.

Ire said...

@ Ifeoma....Be sure it is baseless don't make assumptions. If you see what some Nigerians do in South Africa you will weep and deny them. We have great Nigerians doing good things there but they are outnumbered by those representing us badly. It could also be a case of Bad news travel fast and wide since I don't have the statistics to back it up. I pray no girl child goes through this ordeal narrated...it is excruciating...show empathy to those who have been there. You are a strong woman Valerie and I pray this new beginning open divine doors for you. Make Lemonade out of the Lemon thrown at you.

Anonymous said...

If this story is true, then we can't blame the south Africans for being really angry with the Nigerians in their country. its unfortunate that the good Nigerians are also bearing the brunt.

Anonymous said...

Sometin is really off abt dis story. I'm a girl but I'm not buying it...why did it take 6 yrs??? Infect lemme not waste my time trying to figure dis out coz it doesn't mk sense to me

Anonymous said...

Sometin is really off abt dis story. I'm a girl but I'm not buying it...why did it take 6 yrs??? Infect lemme not waste my time trying to figure dis out coz it doesn't mk sense to me

Anonymous said...

God bless you Ifeoma, these days people be painting Nigeria black. Nigeria is bad of course but that doesn't prove that all this claims about Nigeria is true. #GodWillSurelyReturnNigeria'sLostGlory

Nicholas Pius said...

And we would wonder why they are killing our people in south africa.my frnd in south told me about the bad things our country men are doing over there.very terrible

Anonymous said...

@ ifeoma's verdict, did u read story? Or are you a sister to one of the traffickers? As a lady , instead of having empathy, you are talking about countries... Don't you know, that Nigerians can do anything for money?

Juliet Mozia said...

So you believe this thrash! No arrest was made abi?

Anonymous said...

Nigerians are known for 3things, drug, fraud and rape. What a shame. It gets worse by the day.

Anonymous said...

My sister Abi ooo

Obinna Paschal said...

God really need to come to our rescue, when you pray please don't be selfish and self-centered, generalize it. Remember those people in the captive of the evil ones

Anonymous said...

There is no country, tribe or group where ypu wont find d ood, d bad amd d ugly. What happened to her is bad but its a lesson for those who ho searching for greener pastures in a place they dont know any one. see d result. you were looking for money, you got HIV. Well, most Nigerians are good, we only hv a few bad ones. there are bad people everywhere

ololade Salaudeen said...

Ifeoma you don't understand the fact that a fellow Nigerian bought, raped and drugged a female like you? What is South Africa fault in all of this? we Nigerians can be such hypocrite at times, na wa

Anonymous said...

And you are supposed to be a lady,what is baseless about the story u ignorant fool well it's ur brothers that are constituting nuisance abroad and sending blood money to you that's why u can type this crap. Stupid girl..

Kenechukwu Nebo said...

so she was trafficked??? she is not afraid of traffickers but of Nigerians? Now that some serious shit. South African women sold her in to prostitution and all that but she isn't afraid of south Africans or even women but of Nigerians? yes i agree there are Nigerian criminals there but look up statistic, they are not the worst national in SA.

Anonymous said...

She was tricked and sold to Nigerians by South African women. And she's not afraid of the South Africans??? If there was no selling, there wont be any buying too. What a one-sided story! Anyways, we dont blame them, its Nigerians i blame. And that's how i heard this morning that the beautiful South African girl that got killed by her boyfriend last week, was because the guy was jealous of a Nigerian going after the girl. These people! (sigh)

Anonymous said...

She was tricked and sold to Nigerians by South African women. And she's not afraid of the South Africans??? If there was no selling, there wont be any buying too. What a one-sided story! Anyways, we dont blame them, its Nigerians i blame. And that's how i heard this morning that the beautiful South African girl that got killed by her boyfriend last week, was because the guy was jealous of a Nigerian going after the girl. These people! (sigh)

Anonymous said...

I feel she is lying. Africans can do anything to get papers

Anonymous said...

Parrot excuse you! A lot more of our men are hard-working. Show me a country where there's no crime and I will name it "lies". Evil will always be amongst us!

Tunde said...

After visiting S.A at least twice a year for about 6years now, I've actually noticed most Nigerians causing a big nuisance in South Africa prompting xenophobia (although there can't be a justification for killing a fellow human) are mostly from the eastern part of Nigeria, without mentioning a tribe, these same peeps are pushing Lagos to a brink by their uncooperative and arrogant attitude, these people also believe they can blackmail their way to lead the country without showing some inclusive attitude and humility. I don't know if they are also responsible for this but what I know is not all Nigerians are bad in fact there are a lot of good people in this country, I hope they stop destroying our good name.

Tunde said...

You can sell me a cutlass, I can decide to use it to cut grass in my compound or use it to kill a human being.. Moral of the story.. The south Africans can sell her, they may not know the Nigerians want to drug and rape her.. It's a pity you can't reason objectively just cos the people involved are Nigerians.. Should any human being be allowed to go through what the lady went through?

Anonymous said...

All South Africans both foreigners and indigenes are HIV positive

Jaja said...

@Tunde you started off talking sense a little but you ruined it with your comment that it's Ok to be sell another human being and that the sellers are blameless in what happened to the lady. First of all, do you think the sellers had no idea the kind of people they were selling her to? Is it not obvious that any human being that can be degenerate enough to pay money for another human being must not have good intentions for said human being? Let's use brain when we comment please instead of just typing comments because of itchy fingers.

Now, my own point to this story is that they neglected to mention how the girl was so sure they were Nigerians. Did she deduce that fact from their accents or did she hear them calling each other Nigerian names? According to the story, she arrived SA in 2010 and also got sold in the same year, did she develop a deep knowledge of Nigerian accents in that short time? We will never know. We will only have to assume that her captors went about boasting about their country of origin to her hearing.

In any case, if they were truly Nigerians then shame on them. It doesn't mean all Nigerians are bad.

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