Teenager flown to Australia and ‘kept as sexual slave’

A teenage girl says she was kept as a sexual slave in a Sydney house before she was able to escape and alert authorities, sparking an investigation into human trafficking and sexual servitude.
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The 17-year-old, from Guinea in western Africa,sought help at the Asylum Seekers Centre on Bedford Street in Newtown late last month, saying she had just escaped from a house somewhere in Sydney’s metropolitan area where she had been held captive, police said.

The teenagerwas dropped at the centre by agood Samaritan, believed to be named Nicole, who saw the girl running down a street and picked her up in her car.

NSW Police and Australian Federal Police have appealed for that woman, who was driving a small red car, believed to be a hatchback, to come forward to help with the investigation.

The teenagerhas told police she was in her home country of Guineain January this year when she met a man who offered to bring her to Australia to work as his cleaner.

She agreed and, in early April, the man and the teenager flew from Guinea to Paris, and then on to Sydney.

The teenager says she was then taken to the house somewhere in Sydney, where she was held captive in a room and regularly sexually assaulted by a number of men. She feared for her life, she told police.

In the early hours of April 27, the teenager managed to escape from the house and ran until she was picked up by the woman and taken to the Asylum Seekers Centre in Newtown.

Police said the centre consulted theAnti-Slavery Unit at the University of Technology in Sydneyand the girl was treated at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Sheis now in the care of Family and Community Services.

The Australian Federal Police’s Human Trafficking Unit has launched an investigation into the incidentand is attempting to identify the man who brought the teenager to Australia.

Specialist detectives from the NSW PoliceSex Crimes Squad have also formed Strike Force Stockallto investigate the circumstances surrounding her ordeal.

Police have appealed for the woman who drove the teenager to Newtown, or anyone who heard or saw the teenagerafter she escaped from the house on April 27, to contactCrime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or the AFP on 131 237.

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St Heliers Heavy Horse Field Days 2015

St Heliers Heavy Horse Field Days 2015

St Heliers Heavy Horse Field Days 2015

St Heliers Heavy Horse Field Days 2015

St Heliers Heavy Horse Field Days 2015

St Heliers Heavy Horse Field Days 2015

St Heliers Heavy Horse Field Days 2015

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HORSING AROUND: A big crowd has converged on the St Heliers Heavy Horse Heritage Field Days 2014.

HORSING AROUND: A big crowd has converged on the St Heliers Heavy Horse Heritage Field Days 2014.

HORSING AROUND: A big crowd has converged on the St Heliers Heavy Horse Heritage Field Days 2014.

HORSING AROUND: A big crowd has converged on the St Heliers Heavy Horse Heritage Field Days 2014.

HORSING AROUND: A big crowd has converged on the St Heliers Heavy Horse Heritage Field Days 2014.

HORSING AROUND: A big crowd has converged on the St Heliers Heavy Horse Heritage Field Days 2014.

HORSING AROUND: A big crowd has converged on the St Heliers Heavy Horse Heritage Field Days 2014.

HORSING AROUND: A big crowd has converged on the St Heliers Heavy Horse Heritage Field Days 2014.

HORSING AROUND: A big crowd has converged on the St Heliers Heavy Horse Heritage Field Days 2014.

HORSING AROUND: A big crowd has converged on the St Heliers Heavy Horse Heritage Field Days 2014.

HORSING AROUND: A big crowd has converged on the St Heliers Heavy Horse Heritage Field Days 2014.

HORSING AROUND: A big crowd has converged on the St Heliers Heavy Horse Heritage Field Days 2014.

HORSING AROUND: A big crowd has converged on the St Heliers Heavy Horse Heritage Field Days 2014.

SOAKING UP THE ATMOSPHERE: The 17th St Heliers Heavy Horse Field Days 2013.

SOAKING UP THE ATMOSPHERE: The 17th St Heliers Heavy Horse Field Days 2013.

SOAKING UP THE ATMOSPHERE: The 17th St Heliers Heavy Horse Field Days 2013.

SOAKING UP THE ATMOSPHERE: The 17th St Heliers Heavy Horse Field Days 2013.

SOAKING UP THE ATMOSPHERE: The 17th St Heliers Heavy Horse Field Days 2013.

SOAKING UP THE ATMOSPHERE: The 17th St Heliers Heavy Horse Field Days 2013.

SOAKING UP THE ATMOSPHERE: The 17th St Heliers Heavy Horse Field Days 2013.

SOAKING UP THE ATMOSPHERE: The 17th St Heliers Heavy Horse Field Days 2013.

SOAKING UP THE ATMOSPHERE: The 17th St Heliers Heavy Horse Field Days 2013.

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What you need to know about hand, foot and mouth disease

A leading emergency doctor has given general advice about the highly contagioushand, foot and mouth disease which has been reported in schools in Australia.
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While the condition is highly contagious, Dr Nigel Beck said the key message was the name tended to spark worry for what was mostly fairly benign.

Hand, foot and mouth disease is not notifiable to the health department. It is also confused to the unrelated foot and mouth disease, which infects animals.

Dr Beck, who is Ballarat Health Services Base Hospital emergency department deputy director, said part of the challenge was children were often not particularly sick, more in discomfort, and it was best to see a general practitioner for treatment.

“Because there is no immunisation schedule for hand, foot and mouth, this is one of the few remaining ones that tends to cause outbreaks,” Dr Beck said.

“One of the unusual things is that because the rash forms early in the virus, and it’s very specific where it forms, naming it hand, foot and mouth disease helps doctors remember and quickly identify it, rather than using the medical term.”

Hand, foot and mouth disease tends to spread among children aged under five.

There is no set quarantine period for affected children, or their families, but Dr Beck said like other viral diseases, children should be kept home until blisters have dried.

The lesions are predominantly found on the soles of feet, in palms and inside the mouth. Fluid in the blisters is infectious, as is other bodily fluids.

Most incidents of the disease are in summer and autumn, according to the Victorian Health Department, with an incubation period of three to seven days. Symptoms can persist for up to 10 days.

Tips to prevent spreading hand, foot and mouth diseaseExclusion from school/child care until all blisters have driedcovering lesions on hands and feet, if possible, and allowing them to dry naturallyAvoiding piercing lesions, as the fluid within the blisters is infectiousGood handwashing, and cleaning and disposal of soiled articlesAvoiding close contactor sharing eating and drinking utensils

The six things Australians blame for high property prices

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Property prices in the country’s biggest capital cities have soared over the past five years, but a new survey shows Australians don’t all agree on what caused the boom.

Foreign investment was seen as the biggest culprit for high house prices by more than half of those asked by Galaxy Market Research on behalf of State Custodians in April.

And the older the survey respondent, the more likely they were to say this was a factor.

In Gen Y, 49 per cent thought foreign buyers were to blame for high house prices, while 72 per cent of those aged 65 plus said the same.

The other factors all respondents believed were contributing to house price growth were overpopulation, property investment and negative gearing incentives, high transaction costs, low interest rates and low supply.

While all these factors likely had an impact, it was the “perfect storm of all of them together leading to the market we are experiencing today”, State Custodians general manager Joanna Pretty said.

Foreign investment was targeted in the government’s 2017 budget, restricting the number of homes able to be sold in a new development to just half the properties and an introduction of a tax for those who don’t put their investments up for rent.

“The budget changes go some way to help regarding the foreign investment levels, but the other factors still exist and there is still a lot of work to be done regarding affordability generally,” Ms Pretty said.

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Low interest rates were likely having a bigger impact than overseas investors, The Successful Investor founder Michael Sloan said.

“It’s easy to blame foreign buyers for increasing house prices but that is not the reason property prices are increasing,” he said.

“Anyone who can buy at these low rates is buying and this puts more buyers in the market and that pushes up prices.”

Mr Sloan said property investors were an “easy target’ and population growth was good for the economy.

“Of course, home buyers don’t like to see prices rising but property prices have stayed ahead of inflation for decades. So that means it is a normal part of the cycle.”

Compass Economics chief economist Hans Kunnen was also adamant that foreign investors didn’t affect house values, but they could be causing apartment prices to rise.

“Foreign investors buy apartments more than houses and when you’re looking at house prices it’s not foreign investors pushing prices up,” he said.

He did think they had an impact on apartment prices, but noted house prices had risen far more quickly than apartment values had.

Predominantly, the problem was a low supply of properties being built – something he was surprised wasn’t ranked higher.

But Property Finance Made Simple author Andrew Crossley said the list of reasons was “little surprise” to him.

Given the restrictions on foreign buyers he “did not agree that foreigners should take the full blame”, instead saying they were a contributing factor.

He agreed population growth and investment properties had made an impact, but said it was low interest rates that were the biggest contributing factor as they allowed people to afford bigger mortgages.

“The reality is that the housing affordability crisis is mostly centred around Melbourne and Sydney, this has not been a normal cycle of growth in these cities, it has been extreme,” he said.???

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Killer lures Sydney schoolgirl to US via Snapchat

A Sydney schoolgirl was rescued from the basement of the home of a convicted killer after the American man allegedly lured her on the social media app Snapchat to fly from Australia to the US, police say.
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When NYPD officers raided the home of 39-year-old Sean Price in the New York borough of Queens last week, they allegedly discovered Price and the 16-year-old girl, from Sydney’s upper north shore, hiding in the basement of the property.

Price has allegedly admitted to police that he paid for the girl to fly to the US and took her on a cross-country road trip, having sex with her along the way.

Price reportedly has a lengthy criminal history, including criminally negligent homicide for the death of a passenger in a car crash. He has now been charged with a range of new offences, including rape in the third degree, police say.

The officers had gone to the house Price shares with his mother after receiving a tip-off from Australian police that the teenage girl had boarded a plane from Sydney to Los Angeles on April 11, court documents say.

The girl’s parents had reported her missing from their Sydney home at that time and a search of flight records revealed she had left the country. Six months of messages

Court documents state that a confidential source had told Australian police that the girl, who is referred to as Jane Doe in the court documents, had been communicating online with Price from December, 2016.

In court documents filed with the US District Court, Eastern District of New York, Homeland Security special agent Miguel Collazo alleges Price had admitted that he initiated communications with the girl on Snapchat even earlier, in October last year.

Mr Collazo wrote in the criminal complaint that Price sent $US1500 ($2010) to the girl in Australia via several Western Union transfers under his name.

The girl then bought a plane ticket and flew to Los Angeles when she met Price, who had flown there from New York.

Price then hired a car and drove the girl from California to New York, making various stops along the way, the court documents say.

“[The] defendant acknowledged being aware of Jane Doe’s age over the course of their travel from California to New York, and stated that he had engaged in sexual intercourse with Jane Doe in multiple states, including New York State,” Mr Collazo says.

When police searched Price’s phone, they also allegedly found a number of explicit photos of the girl dating back to February. Found in basement

The raid on Price’s house occurred on May 11, the same day Australian authorities alerted US police.

When NYPD officers knocked on the front door of the house in Queens, Price’s mother answered the door.

“Initially, she denied that [Price] was home,” court documents say.

“An NYPD officer stationed at the rear of the home, however, observed an adult male and female attempting to leave the home through the rear of the house. That officer alerted his fellow officers by shouting.

“In response, the defendant and the minor re-entered the home, and the officers likewise entered the residence … so as to locate the minor.

“The defendant and Jane Doe were found in the basement of the defendant’s home.”

The girl has since returned to her Australia, police said.

Brooklyn Federal Magistrate Judge Viktor Pohorelsky denied Price bail, despite Price offering the house he shared with his mother as surety.

“Any offer doesn’t give the court much confidence,” the magistrate said.

– With AAP

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