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Diep River girl (5) saved from possible life of sexual exploitation

It's alleged the girl's mother forced her to perform sex acts on older men for money and food.

Picture: iStock.

CAPE TOWN - A five-year-old girl from Diep River may have been saved from a life of sexual exploitation.

This follows intervention by the Western Cape Social Development Department which has placed the child in safe care.

It's alleged the girl's mother forced her to perform sex acts on older men for money and food.

The Western Cape Social Development Department says the allegations of sexual exploitation by the child's mother are shocking.

The department's Sihle Ngobese said: “We thank the vigilant neighbours who noticed that the child is often left alone at home and acted to report this matter to us.”

The matter is being investigated by social workers and police.

The mother has not yet been charged and there has been no indication that evidence of sexual exploitation or neglect has been uncovered.