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Race to track down female rapists

HUNT: Zimbabwean police

POLICE IN Zimbabwe are on the hunt for a group of women who they believe are responsible for a string of rapes in the country.

They believe the trio, who kidnap “young men” before sexually assaulting them, carry out the act for ritual purposes.

“We appeal to members of the public to pass any information to the police regarding three women who have gone on a spree of kidnapping and indecently assaulting young men around town,” acting Harare police assistant commissioner Angeline Guvamombe said in a statement.

It is thought that the attackers approach their victims in expensive cars and offer them a lift before spraying their faces with liquid substance.

“Once the victim is drowsy the women take the victim to a secluded place or house where they force him to be intimate with them,” the statement continued.

Local newspaper, Herald reports that on one of the incidences, a 30-year-old man was kidnapped, drugged and forced to be intimate with three women for five days.

It has also been reported that in some cases the women use condoms to collect the man’s sperm, fuelling further speculation that the crimes are ritualistic.

Since the rapes began last year, no arrests have been made.

If the women are caught, the police say that they cannot be charged with rape because Zimbabwean law does not recognise that women can rape men.

They will be charged with indecent assault, which carries a lesser sentence.

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