Women arrested for procuring young girls for S African pastor
Two women were arrested this week in South Africa for allegedly procuring sex partners, some as young 13, for Nigerian-born pastor Timothy Omotoso, above.
According to this report, the televangelist and senior pastor of the Jesus Dominion International Church in Durban, was arrested in April this year and faces charges of having sex with at least 30 members of his congregation. He is being held in custody.
Yesterday it was reported here that the women in custody, aged 28 and 36, are believed to have recruited young sex partners for Omotoso, who faces charges of human trafficking and rape.
A second case, relating to his immigration status and an alleged fraudulent work visa from 2000, is also being investigated.
Captain Anelise Feni, of the Port Elizabeth Hawks Trafficking in Persons unit, said:
It is alleged that the women recruited young girls all over the country and monitored their movements in the houses where they were kept.
During Omotoso’s first bail hearing, Hawks chief investigating officer Peter Plaatjies said the pastor had a modus operandi similar to that of a skilled sex offender who preyed on young girls.
Plaatjies told the court how Omotoso, 59, used older women to identify and recruit young women to join his circle of “sexual entertainers”.
They were allegedly identified at church crusades and church services, and it is alleged that recruiters would target vulnerable women from poor homes where there were no father figures.
Plaatjies said that they were paraded, and travel tickets to Durban were bought for those who fitted the desired profile to go and meet Omotoso.
Once in Durban, they were allegedly pampered, given luxuries and cash and groomed for sexual encounters with the pastor.
Allegations included that Omotoso had the young women give him full body massages and made them lie next to him while he masturbated before they were sexually penetrated.
Feni said more arrests were expected to be made and added that both women were expected to appear in the Eastern Cape High Court in Port Elizabeth on Friday.
Meanwhile, Omotoso is expected to appear in the same court today (Thursday) to appeal the refusal of his second bail application.
Hat tip: Ate Berga