The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

TEEN IN LES­BIAN ‘LURE’

- VANDA CAR­SON

A LES­BIAN cou­ple have ad­mit­ted ab­duct­ing a teenage girl from a school in Ip­swich and tak­ing her to live with them in Syd­ney’s west for al­most two months, in a bit­ter tug-of-war.

In the weeks be­fore her ab­duc­tion, the girl ex­changed mes­sages with the women on Face­book and by phone, ac­cord­ing to an emo­tional po­lice in­ter­view with the 14-year-old on May 19, 2014.

The girl’s mother al­leges the teen was “brain­washed” by the cou­ple and lured with gifts on March 3, 2014. The mother claimed the les­bians, aged 31 and 27, wanted her daugh­ter be­cause they “can’t have a child of their own”.

The cou­ple, who can’t be named for le­gal rea­sons, will be sen­tenced this year af­ter a third woman, aged 24, who shared a house with the les­bians and the teen, stands trial in the Dis­trict Court in De­cem­ber over the al­leged ab­duc­tion.

The po­lice in­ter­view with the teenager and mes­sages sent be­tween her and the al­leged ab­duc­tors were filed in the Dis­trict Court af­ter a brief hear­ing on Au­gust 21.

The girl told po­lice she wanted to leave home be­cause her par­ents used to hit her and grew mar­i­juana in their house.

“If I did, like, one thing wrong, I got smacked in the back of the head,” the teen told po­lice. Since her re­turn home, she has been banned from speak­ing to the women or from us­ing the in­ter­net.

Se­nior Con­sta­ble Jay Francey, from the Ip­swich Child Pro­tec­tion Unit, asked the girl if any­one forced her to go with the women. “It’s all my choice,” the girl said. “I was re­ally happy there.

“That month or two was bet­ter than liv­ing with mum all those years,” she said, sob­bing.

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