A teenager has told police in Australia she was held as a sex slave for weeks before making her escape with the help of a Good Samaritan.
The 17-year-old Guinean national arrived at an asylum centre in Sydney claiming she had been kept in a room and regularly sexually assaulted by a number of men.
She told staff she had arrived in the city in April after meeting a man in her home country who had offered to bring her to Australia to work as his cleaner.
The man drove her to a house at an unknown location, believed to be in Sydney’s metropolitan area, where she was held captive and abused by him and others, police said.
In the early hours of 27 April, the teenager managed to escape from the house and ran until she was picked up by a woman known as ‘Nicole’, who then drove her to the asylum centre.
The teenager was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and has now been placed in the care of local authorities.
New South Wales Police are appealing for information to identify ‘Nicole’, said to drive a small red hatchback, as a key witness in identifying the location of where the woman was held.
The force’s acting superintendent Mick Haddow said: “This person has done the right thing, absolutely done the right thing, looked after the girl, took her in her vehicle and then conveyed her to that centre.”
Mr Haddow revealed language issues meant it had taken days for the teenager to complete a statement, and made locating the house difficult.
The Australian Federal Police’s human trafficking unit and Australian Border Force are also working on the case.
Commander Chris Sheehan, from the Australian Federal Police, said: “Obviously how she got here, the passport she travelled under and who she travelled with are critical lines of inquiry for us.”