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Pretoria - Police in Brooklyn have warned residents to be vigilant and keep an eye out for date rape drugs.

This followed an incident in which a 22-year-old woman was sexually assaulted after allegedly being drugged at a club in Brooklyn. Police spokesperson Captain Colette Weilbach said the victim was at the club with a group of friends and passed out after having drinks, only waking up in hospital the next day.

A medical examination indicated she had been sexually assaulted, yet she could not remember that happening.

The case was being investigated by the Tshwane Central Cluster’s Family Violence Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit, said Weilbach.

No arrests have been made.

She said perpetrators drugged men and women for the purpose of sexually assaulting or robbing them, and the police had requested nightclub owners to enhance safety at club entrances.

“Customers must be searched to prevent any illegal drugs, medication, eye drops or weapons entering a club. Eye drops can cause drowsiness, nausea and amnesia mixed with alcohol,” Weilbach said.

Other drugs used included Rohypnol, ketamine hydrochloride (an odourless anaesthetic) and GHB, a veterinary product that paralyses victims.

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