POLICE are looking to identify a “good samaritan” who assisted a teenage girl who was held captive and raped in Sydney last month.
The 17-year-old Guinea national turned up at the Asylum Seeker Centre in Newtown on April 27, telling staff she had escaped from a house where she had been repeatedly sexually assaulted by multiple men.
The girl also told staff she was driven to the centre by a woman — believed to be called ‘Nicole’ — who picked her up after she escaped from the house.
The location of the home remains unknown.
The Australian Federal Police and NSW Police Force then commenced investigations into the circumstances surrounding the girl’s arrival into Australia.
Investigators have been told the girl met a man in her home country, Guinea, in January, who offered to bring her to Australia to work as his cleaner.
In early April, the girl travelled with him from Guinea to Sydney, flying via Paris, which took a number of days.
After arriving in Sydney, the man drove her to house at an unknown location — believed to be in the Sydney Metropolitan area — where she was kept in a room and sexually assaulted by a number of men.
In the early hours of Thursday April 27, 2017, the girl managed to escape from the house and ran until she was picked up by a woman, who drove her to the Newtown centre.
The the girl was taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital for treatment and then placed into the care of Family and Community Services.
The AFP’s Human Trafficking Unit is continuing their inquiries to determine when the girl arrived in Australia, and identify the man she travelled with.
Specialist detectives from the NSWPF State Crime Command’s Sex Crimes Squad are investigating under Strike Force Stockall, and appealing for information that may assist with their inquiries.
They are urgently seeking to identify and locate the woman who assisted the girl and drove her to the Asylum Seeker Centre.
It is believed her name is ‘Nicole’ and she drives a small red car, possibly a hatchback.
Investigators are also keen to speak with anyone who may have seen or heard the girl after she escaped from the home.
Anyone who has information that may assist with any aspect of these investigations is urged to contact Crime Stoppers or 131 AFP (131 237).
Originally published as Sex slave victim’s dramatic escape