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Young girls allegedly groomed, exploited, assaulted in Cairns

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A six-month police operation has uncovered the alleged grooming and exploitation of vulnerable young girls in the Cairns region with four men charged with 54 offences.

Police allege the young girls, were groomed, indecently assaulted, and supplied with dangerous drugs including methylamphetamine and cannabis.

To date, detectives have charged four men ranging in age from 42 to 71-years.

On June 5, a 56-year-old Cairns man was charged with a total of 25 offences including one count of grooming, six counts of indecent treatment of a child under 16, one count of attempt to procure indecent treatment, 11 counts of supply drugs to a minor under 16, two counts of supply drugs, 2 counts of possess drugs, one count of possess S4 poison and one count of possess utensil.

He is remanded in custody to reappear in the Cairns Magistrates Court on August 3.

This week, a 71-year-old Cairns man was charged with eight offences, including four counts of supply dangerous drug to a minor, two counts of wounding and one count each of indecent treatment and grooming.

He is the fourth man to be charged as part of Operation Uniform Kalahari and appeared in the Cairns Magistrates Court on Wednesday, June 22.

He was remanded in custody to reappear on August 17.

Officer in Charge of the Cairns District CPIU detective Senior Sergeant Michael Gooiker says protecting vulnerable young people is the top priority for police.

“We continue to investigate all reports of offences against children, arrest and charge alleged offenders within the full force of the law,” he says.

“I cannot commend how much these children have shown immense bravery, to speak up and report to police, which ultimately allows us to track down offenders and prosecute them.”

Anyone with information or who believes they or someone they know may have been impacted, are urged to come forward as investigations remain ongoing.

You can also report online via: https://forms.police.qld.gov.au/launch/SexualAssault, over the phone or face to face at a police station.

There are also Alternative Reporting Options available depending on your situation.

 

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