| 19.05,17. 06:46 PM |
Hunt for man who allegedly brought 17yo to Sydney as 'sex slave'
A fake passport may have been used to bring a West African teenager to Sydney where she was allegedly held in captivity and used as sex slave, police say.
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) have appealed to the public for help as they try to track down a man who allegedly flew the 17-year old girl from Guinea to Sydney in early April, on the promise she would work as a cleaner.
In a press conference, AFP Commander Chris Sheehan said the investigation had already come up against a number of hurdles.
"This has been a very, very difficult investigation, there are cultural issues, language issues to deal with," he said.
"The statement has taken days and days and days to complete."
Police understand the girl was held inside a room of the house where she was brought to and then sexually assaulted by several men.
Police have not yet been able to find the apartment where the girl was held.
"It's really vague descriptions about units, we don't know what suburbs we are talking about at this stage," Commander Sheehan said.
"We believe it's possibly close to the Newtown area."
She escaped in the early hours of the morning on April 27 and was picked up by a woman who drove her to the Asylum Seeker Centre.
The girl was then taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital before being placed into the care of Family and Community Services.
The Australian Federal Police's Human Trafficking Unit is continuing its inquiries to determine when the girl arrived in Australia, and identify the man she was travelling with.
The New South Wales State Crime Command are appealing for the woman who picked her up, believed to be named Nicole, to come forward.