'Child sex pimp' in court

Human Rights groups want bail denied for a man who ran a child sex ring.

A man has appeared in court in connection with recruiting young girls and grooming them for prostitution. Picture: Stock.XCHNG

CAPE TOWN - A children's rights group is calling for bail to be denied to a man accused of grooming four girls to become prostitutes.

The 77-year-old who was arrested this week is expected to appear in the Goodwood Magistrate's Court today.

It is believed the girls were sexually abused over a period of time at a house in the Richwood area where they were exposed to pornography and prostitution.

Molo Songololo's Patrick Solomons said the suspect should remain in custody.

"There must be a thorough investigation. Too often the perpetrators are not properly prosecuted because there are problems with the evidence and problems with getting proper statements."

Solomons added the suspect must be brought to book.

"We hope that in this particular instance the prosecution team is working together to ensure whatever offence has been committed that the perpetrators will be charged accordingly."

In December, five people were arrested for pimping a 13-year-old Atlantis girl for sex.

It's alleged the girl's mother and her stepfather charged customers R20.