Police say they are powerless to stop a group of young
Auckland men who boast of filming themselves having sex with
underage girls then publicly shame them on social media.
Police told 3News today it was not yet a crime for the men -
most 18 years old - to film the sex with often drunk and
underage girls and then publicly name and shame them on
The group call themselves the 'Roast Busters' and police have
known about them since 2011, but say there is nothing they
can do until a girl is "brave enough" to come forward and
make a formal complaint.
"None of the girls have been brave enough to make formal
statements to us so we can take it to a prosecution
stage...clearly they're traumatised by it," said Detective
Inspector Bruce Scott.
He said the group's actions were hugely disturbing. "But
without actual evidence, my hands are tied."
Police had warned the men their actions were bordering on
illegal and had asked them to stop.
Mr Scott said some of them had stopped associating with the
group, but others had not taken the warning on board.
The Roast Busters Facebook page was taken down within two
hours of 3News contacting them.
- Calida Smylie of APNZ