SYDNEY (dpa) – Claims of sexual abuse at Australia’s asylum seeker detention centre on Nauru raised by the Greens have been referred to government officials, a media report said Tuesday.
Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said in Canberra that case workers at the Nauru detention centre have heard allegations from asylum seekers that children have been forced to have sex in front of guards, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
Australia is paying the Nauru government to hold asylum seekers who tried to reach Australia by boat in a detention centre on the Pacific island nation.
Women were being required to strip and exchange sexual favours with guards to have access to the showers, she said.
Others say they have been threatened with rape if they are released into the Nauru community.
Guards were offering drugs and favours in return for sex from asylum seekers, it was claimed.
A spokesman for Immigration Minister Scott Morrison told The Sydney Morning Herald the allegations had been referred to the department for investigation.