Teen girl held as sex slave in Sydney

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The girl said in January she met a man in her home country who offered to bring her to Australia as his cleaner and in April they travelled together to Sydney via Paris.

This ever-contentious topic has risen its head once again with reports of a teenage girl from Sydney's North Shore allegedly being lured to the U.S.by a man for sex via Snacphat.

United States prosecutors allege Price met the girl on the Snapchat app in October a year ago and transferred $US1500 ($A2011) to her in Australia.

Police have issued a call-out for a "Good Samaritan" who picked up the girl last month and took the 17-year-old to an Asylum Seeker Centre in Newtown.

The girl said she had been driven to the centre by a woman, believed to be named Nicole, who had picked her up after she escaped.

The girl was taken to the University of Technology's anti-slavery unit before going to the Royal Prince Alfred hospital for treatment. She feared for her life, she told police.

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In the early hours of April 27, the girl managed to escape and ran until she was picked up by Nicole in a small red vehicle.

She is now in the care of Family and Community Services.

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) and NSW Police Force (NSWPF) are now investigating the circumstances which surround the girl's arrival to Australia and the reported incidents since that time, including sexual assaults.

Specialist detectives from the NSW Police Sex Crimes Squad have also formed Strike Force Stockall to investigate the circumstances surrounding her ordeal.

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

This story first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.

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