Australian officials have recently been informed that hundreds of refugees who are detained on Manus Island in Australia are terrorizing the nearby town of Lorengau.
At least 580 male refugees are living on the island despite the fact that the government wants to move them to facilities closer to the city. The refugees are engaged in active protests and are refusing to cooperate the move over fears they will be attacked by locals.
The problem seems to have been going on for the last four years. It is unexplainable that Australian officials are only just now hearing about this but that is reported to be the case. Police and leaders of Papua New Guinea state that they have documented 161 offenses by refugees over four years.
The crimes include unlawful entry, property damage, contraband, assault, aggressive behavior, and even sexual assault. The reports state that several children have been born as a result of the assaults.
The refugees receive about $100 a month for expenses. The detainment of these men is clearly not sufficient because they are taking the money, going to the town, and purchasing items such as cigarettes and chocolates.
The men then use those to lure underage girls in where they can then be victimized.
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton told reporters that approximately 190 men from the detention center travel by bus to Lorengau each day. Dutton also confirmed that women and children in the town are threatened with abuse and rape by the refugees.
A 50-year-old refugee was recently arrested after assaulting a female doctor. The man reportedly punched the doctor while she was treating him and then tried to strangle her with a plastic bag.
About 10 days ago, the government cut off food, water, medical assistance and electricity to the Manus Island center. That doesn’t seem to have convinced the hundreds still there to leave.
The refugees have expressed the belief that if they are detained closer to town, locals will attack them.
Source: Daily Mail