'SA inmates used as sex slaves in Moz'

Reports have emerged that SA prisoners are being treated as sex slaves in Mozambique.

Reports have emerged that SA prisoners are being treated as sex slaves in Mozambique. Picture: Stock.xchng.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African government is taking seriously reports that a dozen nationals serving prison sentences in Mozambique for trafficking drugs are being used as sex slaves.

Reports emerged at the weekend that at least 12 local women are being treated as sex slaves and forced to have sex with Mozambican prison warders in exchange for soap and food.

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation says it has alerted Mozambican authorities about the allegations.

The women are alleged drug mules arrested at Maputo International Airport from either India or Brazil.

The department's Nelson Kgwete says South African High Commission officials in Maputo make regular visits to prisons in Mozambique to monitor the conditions of South African inmates.

"During the last visit, the prisoners complained about general prison conditions such as poor medical treatment and food. Our information is that these conditions apply to all prisoners and not just South African ones."