Tembisa Cluster police and Ekurhuleni Metro Police uncovered the brothel, situated behind a taxi rank, while they were searching for drugs. It is believed the illegal business has 93 sex workers, but only 25 were found on the property, Kempton Express reported.
The man and his brothers allegedly own the property, and the brothel operated under the name Taxi Rank Accommodation, trading as Dipereng Restaurant and Tavern.
According to Sebenza police spokesperson, Constable Sharon Tsotsotso, the police operation started on West Street in the CBD, where three suspects were arrested for possession of drugs.
“We received a tip-off drugs were being sold at the premises. On arrival we arrested two suspects for possession of dagga. We then started searching the place and found the women upstairs,” Tsotsotso said.
A client found engaging in sexual intercourse with one of the women was arrested. The sex workers included women from China, Lesotho and Zimbabwe. No charges will be laid against the women. The establishment is made up of 25 bedrooms, with three beds in each room.
When questioned, the women said pills found on the premises were “boosters” used to assist when one’s CD4 count was down.
In another room with no beds, presumably used as an office, there was a box filled with condoms and on the table envelopes containing numerous R150 receipts. It is believed clients paid R150 to sleep with the women.
Tsotsotso added the owner of the business, once found, would be arrested for operating an illegal brothel.
– Caxton News Service