A TEENAGE girl was reportedly brutally raped after being dragged into bushes on her way home in an idyllic beach town.
The 17-year-old girl was near Arrawarra Beach, north of Coffs Harbor in New South Wales, Australia, when she was allegedly attacked around 7.30pm on Friday evening.
Police arrested a man at a campsite in Arrawarra about 5pm on Sunday.
It is believed that hundreds of seasonal workers from a nearby berry farm live on the site. The village is also popular with surfers, campers, backpackers and tourists.
The man was taken to Coffs Harbor Police Station and “assisted police with their inquiries”. No charges were filed.
He is believed to be one of around 400 berry pickers living at the holiday park and part of a larger labor pool brought in from Pacific Island nations and Timor-Leste to work in the harvesting areas of New South Wales. Daily Mail Australia Reports.
It comes just a week after a young girl was allegedly chased into a toilet cubicle by a man she suspected was under the influence of alcohol.
Locals complained earlier this year that fruit pickers were turning the village of Arrawarra into a “shanty town”, citing several alleged episodes of drunkenness and aggression from workers.
The coastal paradise – once considered a hidden gem with pristine surf, kangaroos and a laid-back atmosphere – is now also littered with rubbish, they claimed.
Only 50 to 100 people live full-time in Arrawarra, many of whom have been vocal about their anger at the recent influx of hundreds of berry pickers.
The workers’ accommodation provider hit out at locals earlier this year, accusing them of “lies and fabrications” and prejudice against the Pacific Island population, who make up the majority of fruit pickers.
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