BDF, Police accused of abuse

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In what could be one of the most gripping exposés yet, uniformed and on duty Botswana Police Service (BPS) and Botswana Defence Force (BDF) officers are accused of abusing sex workers and sometimes demanding sex from them in exchange for freedom. The Monitor reporter Sharon Mathala details.

The Monitor can reveal that last week, one police officer and four soldiers brutally assaulted sex workers around one of the famous hotels in the city centre. Some of the sex workers (names known to this publication) narrated their harrowing near death experience at the hands of the law enforcement officers.

According to the sex workers, they were going about their normal routine of waiting for ‘customers’ when just after midnight they were brutally assaulted by the law enforcement officers.

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