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AFP investigate alleged detainee rape
File picture: Christmas Island immigration detention centre.

The Federal Police are investigating the alleged rape of a female asylum seeker inside the Christmas Island detention centre.

Christmas Island Shire president Gordon Thomson told the ABC this morning that the woman had been allegedly attacked by inside the Aqua compound, one five reserved for families.

"I understand that the allegation of rape was reported to Serco on Saturday and that police have interviewed the person who made the allegation of rape,” he said.

He said Serco, which runs the detention centre, needed to boost security at the camp, which is currently home to about 2200 boat people.

Mr Thomson, who is also head of the island’s workers’ union, said 11 staff were not enough for the night shift of the compounds, which can hold several detainees.

“There are concerns that a lot of single women in that compound have expressed concern to their Department of Immigration case managers about the imminent arrival of a large number of young adult males,” Mr Thomson said.

“They’re concerned for their safety, I understand.”

A spokesman for Immigration Minister Scott Morrison told The West Australian that police had been notified of the allegations.

“A female detainee at Christmas Island has come forward in regards to an alleged assault,” the spokesman said.

“The detainee is receiving support from the health services provider.

“The government takes all allegations of this nature seriously and refers them to the relevant authorities.

“There are no plans to place this person with single adult males. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection is engaging with her and she has not raised any issues concerning her current placement.”

The West Australian

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