Sydney police are looking for a Good Samaritan who helped rescue a West African 17-year-old from a horrific weeks-long ordeal as a captive sex slave.
"Collaboration between the Australian Federal Police and U.S. law enforcement officials led to the girl being located in New York State in the company of a 39-year-old man on Friday, 12 May", a police spokesperson said.
The man drove her to a house at an unknown location, believed to be in Sydney's metropolitan area, where she was held captive and abused by him and others, police said.
Police are searching for the teenager's alleged attackers and the woman who went to her aid.
The force's acting superintendent Mick Haddow said: "This person has done the right thing, absolutely done the right thing, looked after the girl, took her in her vehicle and then conveyed her to that centre".
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Police said the centre consulted the Anti-Slavery Unit at the University of Technology in Sydney and the girl was treated at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. "There are cultural issues, language issues". In April, he did travel with her from Guinea to Paris, and then from Paris to Sydney. "The statement has taken days and days and days to complete", he said.
Once she arrived, Mr Price hired a auto and drove the teenager across the country to New York City, US police believe.
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.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 00 or 131 AFP (131 237).