By Kaya 959 News
A night of passion has ended in tears for a Durban man who allegedly hired a prostitute while on a work trip in Gauteng last week.
The man who spoke to a Durban-based private security company, Reaction Unit South Africa, said that he had engaged the services of a sex worker while in Randburg and when he got home, he began receiving messages from the woman and men pretending to be police officers, demanding money from him.
RUSA spokesperson, Prem Balram, said the group threatened to expose the man if they were not paid. They also said they would visit him at his home in KZN if they were not paid.
“The complainant informed reaction officers that he was seeking protection believing that he might be harmed or murdered,” Balram said.
Searched for sexual services online
He said the man informed officers that whilst on a work trip, he had booked into a hotel and searched the internet for women offering sexual services.
“He eventually settled on an Indian female who arrived at his room and charged him R2800 in cash. After paying up, the woman and the complainant shared a few drinks and engaged in a conversation regarding their personal and work lives. The man further added that he undressed but did not engage in sexual activity with the female, explaining that a mixture of alcohol and medication he had consumed had made him sick,” Balram said.
He said the man tried to get his money back but the woman refused and left the hotel.
The man said that since the incident he received several calls from the woman and three different men identifying themselves as police officers.
“They attempted to extort money from him ranging between R500 to R3500. He was threatened with exposure on the internet, assault, attack on his family and confrontation at his home and work,” Balram said.
He said the man accepted that he had provided personal details to the sex worker during a lengthy conversation.
Balram said the investigation continues.
Man uses fake Facebook account to extort neighbour
In February, a Durban man pleaded guilty to setting up a fake Facebook account which he used to extort money from his neighbour. Via his attorney, Dharmesh Singh, 23, said he had found his neighbour’s Facebook page and created a fake account under the name, Sashin Soobramoney.
Using different SIM cards and phone numbers, he sent threatening messages to his neighbour, threatening to rob the man. He further threatened to kill the man and rape his wife. He also threatened to continue sending e-hailing taxis to the man’s house.
Because Singh was able to see his neighbour’s house, he was able to give an accurate description of the man’s house – leading him to believe that he was being watched.
Singh demanded that the neighbour put R50 000 in his postbox and someone would collect it.
Singh was sentenced to two years imprisonment or a fine of R60 000 which is suspended for five years on condition that he is not convicted of extortion during the period of suspension.