Police bust alleged prostitution ring
GIRLS as young as 12 are being forced to work as sex slaves at homes in Sydney's west, according to NSW detectives who dismantled an alleged child prostitution network on Thursday morning.
Two sisters and at least three other people are expected to be charged over alleged roles in grooming children to perform various sexual favours for paying customers.
In March, a woman, aged 22, was charged with child prostitution offences for allegedly offering the services of two girls, aged 12 and 13. The going rate allegedly ranged from $10 to $100.
Further investigations revealed at least five more girls, aged between 12 and 16, had been lured into the alleged ring.
Detectives from Strike Force Woodvale raided four homes across western Sydney on Thursday morning.
A 22-year-old woman was arrested along with her 19-year-old sister and three men aged, 51, 52 and 53.
The strike force was set up in February to investigate a possible child prostitution ring operating out of the Warwick Farm area.
Investigations are continuing and police have not ruled out further arrests.
Liverpool Commander Superintendent Ray King appealed to members of the public, and in particular child victims, to contact police.
"Inquiries made have revealed there may still be girls who have been affected by this and may not yet have contacted police," Supt King said
"It may be the case that these girls are too scared to contact police but I would urge them to contact us so we can help them get necessary support."
Anyone with information can phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.