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Sex worker accused of pawning niece

A Cape Town sex worker appeared in the Atlantis Magistrates’ Court for allegedly allowing a man to molest her niece for money.

The Daily Voice reported that the woman (23) appeared yesterday on charges that include sexual grooming. The case was postponed to January 25.

Prosecutors claimed the woman lured her nieces, aged 10 and three, from their Witsand home a month ago.

Their mother, who cannot be named, said a man was waiting at the bridge and paid R200 to touch the older child, while her small sister looked on.

“She (the sister) has been using tik (methamphetamine), it is the tik that makes them do such things. She worked on the road, sold her body,” the mother told the newspaper.

Police last evening held one of three men who had been spotted trailing sex worker Wesley Holder in the period before he is suspected to have been fatally stabbed last Thursday, members of his family said.

The arrest, which could not be confirmed with police, came just over a day after the discovery of the body of Holder, 19, also known as “Horatia” and “Tiffany,” in an open lot.  He was clad in a green fishnet dress and there were stab wounds.

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Murdered sex worker for burial today

Sex worker Wesley Holder who was on Friday discovered dead with stab wounds in an open lot behind the Carnegie School of Home Economics will be buried today in his Essequibo hometown.

Paula Niles, the aunt of Holder said the family has arranged for a viewing of the body today from  7 am to 9 am at Sandy’s Funeral Home.

Holder will then be laid to rest in his hometown of Essequibo which he left five years ago to live in Georgetown.

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The Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) on Monday called on sex workers to come forward and help police capture the killers of male commercial sex worker, 19-year old Wesley “Tiffany” Holder. 

“SASOD has been working with the Guyana Sex Work Coalition (GSWC) to encourage other sex workers who last saw Tiffany on Thursday night to come forward and share any information they may have with the police,” the local gay and lesbian organisation told Demerara Waves Online News. 

Holder’s body, with  multiple stab wounds,  was found last Friday morning near St. Phillips Anglican Church, Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown. 

The organisation welcomed the arrest of two suspects and praised the police for seemingly “treating and investigating this murder as seriously as any other.” 

SASOD also welcomed government’s assistance with Holder’s with funeral expenses. “Since Tiffany's murder made local news, the Guyana government has reached out to assist the bereaved family, who are of humble means, with funeral expenses. SASOD is pleased by this thoughtful gesture,” said the organisation. 

Sex worker murdered

A male prostitute was found dead yesterday morning with stab wounds about his body on an open lot behind the Carnegie School of Home Economics, at Durban and High streets.

Wesley Holder, 19, of Cross Street, Werk-en-Rust, who was also known as “Horatia” and “Tiffany,” was found clad in a green fishnet dress. It appeared as though rigor mortis had already set in—an indication that he had been dead for some time.

Holder, who hailed from Essequibo, was the eldest of seven siblings andwas described as a very helpful person who was well known in his community and other areas.

His aunt, Paula Niles, with whom he lived, told Stabroek News that about 6:30 on Thursday evening, he left the house, telling her he was going for a walk and he would return soon.

“Last night when he was leaving to go on the street I told him not to go. I asked him where he was going and he said he ain’t have on no makeup, meaning that he was not going to work on the streets. He had on a slippers and this net thing that he had on,” Niles said.

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