Manus Island detainees in sex video, PNG MP claims

Papua New Guinean MP for Manus Island, Ronny Knight. Photo: FacebookA Papua New Guinean politician says asylum seekers detained on Manus Island have appeared in a pornographic film with local girls.
Nanjing Night Net

The island’s outspoken MP, Ronny Knight, says the detention centre is ”out of control” and he will show the clip to Australian officials.

He published the allegation on Facebook, and it has since been shared widely in the community.

However, the company that manages the centre, G4S, says it has seen no evidence to back his claim and urged Mr Knight to speak to police.

The MP used the social network to allege that detainees and young Papuans were filmed while engaged in sexual acts.

”I just viewed a shocking phone video of the XXX-rated type featuring asylum seekers in the camp and young Manus girls working there!” he wrote.

”I am going to take this clip to the Australian high commission and show how out of control G4S has allowed these people to become! This clip is truly sickening.”

The high commission had not been contacted by Mr Knight as of Wednesday.

The son of a former Australian naval officer who settled in PNG, the MP is a regular critic of the immigration centre and the British-based company that runs it.

He initially supported Australia’s decision to invest in the centre, but he raised concerns in November that drunk foreign guards at the centre were harassing local women.

Mr Knight has previously called for the centre to be shut down because it awarded work mostly to Australian, not PNG, businesses.

In a statement on Wednesday, G4S asked Mr Knight to take the alleged video to the police immediately:

”G4S will co-operate fully with PNG authorities in any investigation,” it said.

”G4S was not previously aware of these allegations. We are very concerned by the seriousness of Mr Knight’s latest allegations.”

The company said its highest concern was its duty of care to asylum seekers and staff.

The Manus Island centre holds more than 1100 detainees.

Last week, human rights group Amnesty International labelled conditions at the centre ”shameful”.

Its report, This Is Breaking People, says one overcrowded dormitory violates the United Nations convention against torture.

Asylum seekers told Amnesty they were denied drinking water and spoke of ”verbal and physical abuse by staff, including being kicked, punched and shoved”.

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