Zim rangers rescue girl (13) after abduction, rape

Rangers rescued the girl after they heard her screams while on an anti-poaching patrol in the Victoria Falls.

Victoria Falls during dry season. Picture: Victoriafallstourism.org.

JOHANNESBURG – Conservationists have applauded game rangers in Victoria Falls after they rescued a 13-year old girl who had been abducted and raped.

The rangers were tracking poachers in the area when they were alerted by the girl’s screams.

The Victoria Falls taxi driver was supposed to drive his teenage passenger home from school. Instead, he’s alleged to have driven her to the municipal dump and raped her.

Rangers from the International Anti-poaching Foundation were on an anti-poaching patrol in the area and heard the girl’s screams.

They responded and arrested the driver.

The state-run _Chronicle _reports that the man has already appeared in court on charges of rape.

On Facebook, conservationists in Victoria Falls and members of the public have applauded the work of the rangers, calling them heroes.