Sepik sex ring busted

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POLICE have busted a syndicate supplying young local and foreign women for prostitution near the Kaup Logging Company site in Angoram, East Sepik province.
A Wewak police team led by provincial police commander Insp Charles Parinjo uncovered the syndicate in a raid on a house at the logging site over the weekend.
Police arrested nine women, all aged below 20, in compromising positions with the logging company’s workers.
The house is believed to have been used as a vice den.
Among the women held were two senior high school students in the province and a government officer from Port Moresby who was attached with the company to do clearance for logs.
Insp Parinjo said the women admitted during interrogation that they provided sexual favours to the foreigners and were paid between K200 and K800 per month.
The women were escorted to Wewak police station on Monday where they were being investigated by police detectives.
Insp Parinjo said the female government officer was “deported” from Wewak the next day after her office in Port Moresby was notified of the offence she committed while staying at the site on official duty.
He also informed relevant government agencies of the offence committed by the foreigners at the logging site and “we are pressuring them to deal diplomatically”.
Insp Parinjo said the successful raid confirmed suspicions by the public that locals and foreigners were providing sexual favours to foreigners for money.
“If this activity can happen in Kaup, it can also happen in other logging sites in East Sepik and nationwide,” he added.