Boys and girls, and those with different racial, ethnic and economic backgrounds are equally likely to have been in such relationships.The 59-year-old man with the 17-year-old girl caught on CCTV footage at a Spar in Bloemhof.During Vaal Weekblad’s interview with the girl and her mother, the latter warned parents to know what their children were doing, where they were, and who they were friends with at all times.
Three members of the Vaal Response Unit’s (VRU) Vereeniging branch, a community organisation dedicated to curbing crime in the Vaal area, immediately jumped on the case of the missing girl, and as a result a 59-year-old man believed to be involved in the disappearance of the girl was arrested in Calvinia. He and the girl were reportedly on their way to the Cape.
VRU members Anke van der Schyff, Lorna Ferreira, and Matt Marshall followed various leads before the arrest.
Photos and CCTV depicting the two in Spar was viewed, and they both appeared to be smiling. With help from contacts and police, they were later traced to Calvinia.
The girl returned home to her foster parents on September 12.
Some 30% of teen daters say they have ever had sex.