Cop arrested for raping sex worker

Advocacy group Sweat says it is appalled after a cop was arrested for allegedly raping a sex worker.

Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (Sweat) protesters. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (Sweat) on Saturday said it was appalled after a policeman was arrested for allegedly raping a 25-year-old woman.

The constable was arrested in Gugulethu on Friday after he sexually assaulted the sex worker in Parow at the end on July.

He apparently approached the woman in an unmarked car and forced her to perform oral sex.

When she refused, the officer threatened to arrest her.

After the rape, the officer took R170 from the worker.

Sweat's Sally Shackleton said sex workers are constantly threatened and harassed by police.

She said it is a common occurrence for officers to ask for money or free sex in exchange for not being arrested.

Shackleton said Sweat met with various officials to address the issue.

"We are very encouraged that the officer has been arrested. We have also met with the deputy minister of justice who has assured us that he will take up these cases and ensure that officers, who behave in this appalling way, are disciplined and face justice."