Saturday 21 April 2018

Teenagers 'roasting' girls share exploits on Facebook for two years

Police claimed they were unable to act as none of the 'roasting' victims would come forward

Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

A group of teenagers calling themselves the 'Roast Busters' are being investigated by police in Auckland, New Zealand, after allegations that they were using social networking site Facebook to 'lure' young girls to situations which would then lead to sexual assaults.

These teenage women (and some underage girls) would be 'named and shamed' on the 'Roast Busters' Facebook page.

Auckland police have admitted that they have been aware of the 'Roast Busters' for two years, but have been unable to prosecute the individuals despite the public nature of their 'roasting' as no women have been "brave enough" to come forward and make a complaint. The police described the Page to 3 News as "morally objectionable... but not criminal".

The group have posted videos and updates to the Page, calling for more males to 'join' their group.

One victim has spoken anonymously to '3 News' in New Zealand, claiming that she "blacked out after drinking" and was "raped by three men" at once.

The Roast Busters Page was removed from Facebook after 3 News contacted the social networking giant with the story.

The above video shows the 3 News report, which includes a video, posted to the page, of several members of the group discussing their "job". "We take what we do seriously." They go on to claim that girls contact them, looking to "hang out", and that they "know what they're getting into."

3 News have alleged that the reluctance to charge the individuals stems from who some of the men are related to. (See the video above for more.)

According to the Daily Dot, a bill entitled the 'Harmful Communications Bill' is due to come before NZ Parliament today and aims to crack down on online harassment.

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