Australian victims given drugs for sexual favours

July 11th, 2010 - 9:34 pm ICT by IANS  

Melbourne, July 11 (IANS) Two brothers in an Australian town sexually assaulted teenage girls for years and one of them gave his victims drugs in return for sexual favours, a court was told.
Michael El Ali, 44, and Houssam Khaled El Ali, 37, both from Katoomba, New South Wales, were each charged with 10 child sex offences by magistrate Andrew George at the Parramatta Bail Court Saturday, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

According to police evidence, Houssam ran a tobacco store and allegedly gave the girls cigarettes and drugs for sexual favours. On more than one occasion, he had taken a group of girls to a motel where he had sexually assaulted them and gave them cigarettes and alcohol in return.

Police told the court that Houssam had molested four girls aged 12 to 14 between 2000 and 2006 and that Michael had raped a 13-year-old girl between 2006 and January this year. Michael had also forced her to perform oral sex on him, they said.

Michael denied the allegations. “Whatever they are saying is not true. I didn’t do anything,” he maintained.

Police also said they found a naked picture of the girl on Michael’s mobile phone.

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