Just when you thought you might have heard it all news has hit that three women in Zimbabwe are accused of operating a sperm harvesting ring, preying on hitchhikers allegedly to steal their semen for use in ritual practices. In a case that has gripped media and public imagination, the gang appeared in court to face charges of motivated indecent assault.

 

The three women who are in their twenties Sophie Nhokwara, 26, her sister Netsai, 24, and Rosemary Chakwizira, 28, appeared in court in Harare, Zimbabwe, facing charges of aggravated indecent assault.

So far 17 victims seem to have been identified which included a solder and an off duty police officer who were both forced to have unprotected sex with the women. The men described that they were  forced into sex with the women, sometimes unprotected and at gunpoint, before the female rapists collected their semen and left them dump by the roadside.

It was reported that the group was finally caught when they were involved in a motor accident and police officers found 33 used condoms in the boot of car, half of which still had semen left inside!  They were charged along with Thulani Ngwenya, 24, who is Sophie Nhokwara’s boyfriend and is facing culpable homicide charges after the fatal accident in which a pedestrian was run over and killed.

No doubt that the town in which the group lives called for the thro to be arrested. The group is known to their local community as they were regularly spotted out in night clubs in the town. This case has left the town in shock.

A road near Harare. Sophie and Netsai Nhokwara, Rosemary Chakwizira and Thulani Ngwenya allegedly drove around looking for hitchhikers to pick up.

James Sabau, a spokesman for Harare police, told state media that preliminary investigations suggested a ritual link to the collection of the victim’s semen.

We are still trying to figure out why semen was collected, Information we have gathered so far links the entire female rapist issue to rituals that make people rich. It is, however, still unclear how the supposed rituals work.

Harare police are asking for anyone who might have been victim to this crime to come forward to help identify their attackers. Investigators also hope to match the semen to some of the victims through DNA testing.

Arrested: Sophie Nhokwara, 26, one of the three women accused of carrying out the sexual assaults

The suspects said to have been “dressed in designer clothes and fancy hairstyles”, according to one report, stood in the dock as the charges were read for almost an hour last Friday. The group is currently in custody while the investigation continues.

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