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Mozambique prisons reject 'sex-for-soap' claims

Published on Mar 12, 2014 8:43 PM

MAPUTO (AFP) - Mozambican prison authorities on Wednesday dismissed claims that guards were sexually exploiting female South African prisoners in exchange for basics, such as soap.

Director of Mozambique's prison operations, Mr Samo Goncalves, told reporters that the correctional services had "never" received reports of such abuses.

The prison authorities "believe them (the allegations) to be false and devoid of truth," he said.

Pretoria this week called for an investigation into allegations published in South Africa's Sunday Times that female inmates in the Mozambican capital were forced to have sex with prison officials in exchange for sanitary pads, soap and other basic items.

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