Detectives from the Cairns Child Protection and Investigation Unit (CPIU) launched Operation Kalahari Uniform to thoroughly investigate the alleged treatment and exploitation of vulnerable young people in the Cairns area since January this year.
It is alleged that the young women were waited on, indecently assaulted and supplied with dangerous drugs, including methamphetamine and cannabis.
To date, detectives have charged 10 men and one woman with a total of 245 charges as part of Operation Uniform Kalahari.
On October 18, detectives charged the 38-year-old Brinsmead woman with a total of six offences, including three counts each of wounding and supplying dangerous drugs to a minor under the age of 16.
She is due to appear in Cairns Magistrates Court today (November 14).
On November 7, detectives charged the 36-year-old Parramatta Park man with two counts of indecency with a child under 16, supplying dangerous drugs to a minor under 16 and one count of assault causing bodily harm.
He is due to appear in Cairns Magistrates’ Court on November 24.
Police arrested a 26-year-old man from Vora on Thursday (November 10) and charged him with four counts of supplying dangerous drugs to a minor under the age of 16, one count each of grooming a child under the age of 16 and battery. knowledge with a child up to 16 years old.
Police opposed bail and he appeared in Cairns Magistrates’ Court on Friday (November 11). He was remanded in custody until today (November 14).
Yesterday (November 13), detectives charged a 41-year-old White Rock man with 10 counts of supplying dangerous drugs to a minor and three counts of assault causing bodily harm.
Police refused bail and he is due to appear in Cairns Magistrates Court today (November 14).
The police and other support services are providing support to the young people involved and their families.
Anyone with information or who believes it may have affected them or someone they know is asked to report it as the investigation is still ongoing.
Cairns District CPIU Officer in Charge, Detective Senior Sergeant Michael Guiker says protecting vulnerable young people is a top priority for the Queensland Police Service (QPS).
“We continue investigate all reports of offenses against children, arrest and prosecute alleged offenders to the fullest extent of the law.
“We have the biggest concern to date, 48 child victims have been identified.
“These children have shown extraordinary bravery in speaking up and reporting to the police, which ultimately allows us to track down and prosecute offenders.
“We encourage anyone with information to come forward and speak to our officers.”
Resources and tips
- The eSafety Commissioner is QPS’ key partner in promoting online safety with a full range of information, resources and reporting tools to ensure children have a safe online experience.
- Who talks to your kids? Further QPS advice and information on reducing the risks to children online.
- Out of the dark #doiknowu is a Queensland Family and Children’s Commission (QFCC) campaign supported by QPS and the Department of Education and provides resources to help young people stay safe online.
- Think U Know is a partnership between the Australian Federal Police, the Commonwealth Bank, Datacom, Microsoft, state and territory police and Neighborhood Watch. It includes information on topics such as sexting, cyberbullying, online child exploitation, online privacy and what to do when things go wrong.
If you have been sexually assaulted, it is not your fault and you are not alone. There are several ways to report what happened to you, depending on your situation.
If there is immediate danger, call Triple Zero (000). You can also report online using: https://forms.police.qld.gov.au/launch/SexualAssaultby phone or face-to-face at the police station.
Is also Alternative reporting options available depending on your situation.
For confidential information, advice and support, call the National Sexual Assault Helpline at 1800 010 120 or 1800 RESPECT for round-the-clock assistance.