Police have charged a Perth mother and stepfather for sexually abusing their eight-year-old daughter alongside one of their friends and sharing the child at swingers parties.
They are also investigating suspicions that at least another five young children were abused during the organised sex activities with groups of adults.
Another six properties have been searched and police have arrested three people in relation to the investigation, Perth Now reported.
Taskforce Mirzam was launched last month after a recording device of the three people allegedly engaging in sexual acts with a girl was found at a Perth rental home
The trio were charged in February after police discovered a recording device at a Perth rental home that showed them allegedly engaging in sexual acts with the young girl.
They are facing 23 sexual penetration and indecent dealing charges between them.
Suspicions that as many as a dozen other adults were involved in the crime has prompted police to launch Taskforce Mirzam – an ongoing case that involves the suspected abuse of at least four other children, including three girls and one boy.
Across Perth officers searched six properties and arrested a further three people in connection to the alleged group sex activities that children may have been present at.
‘As time went by we realised the magnitude of this particular investigation,’ said Supt Sharon Leonhardt.
‘It’s absolutely devastating. It never ceases to amaze me what human beings do to one another. Particularly when parents are involved.’
The trio are facing 23 sexual penetration and indecent dealing charges between them
Police allege that at least some of the suspected victims were given meth and cannabis prior to being abused. Supt Leonhardt said all of the children suspected of being abused had been identified, however, and were no longer in danger.
‘We believe that there are many more people involved in this alleged child abuse, both men and women, and police need the community’s help,’ she said.
Further arrests and charges are expected to be laid as police confiscated hard-drives, laptops, thumb drives and mobile phones are forensically examined by police.
They have requested that anyone who may have attended the parties in question and unwillingly been exposed to the abuse to come forward.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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