Two teenage girls who skipped school to go shopping were coaxed off a Sydney train and raped in a park in broad daylight.
The 16-year-old school friends, from western Sydney, were trying to make their way from the Blacktown area to Castle Hill to go shopping.
They boarded a train about midday and asked passengers how to get to their shopping destination.
Police say the duo met three men, aged in their late teens or early 20s, who lured them off the train at Fairfield under the guise of leading them to the correct bus terminal.
The group made their way from the train station to nearby Fairfield Park, where behind a rundown grandstand among rubbish and dirt, police alleged the three men sexually assaulted the girls.
“It’s very brazen and something that is absolutely unforgivable,” Detective Superintendent Peter Lennon told reporters.
“They are just young girls trying to make their way to Castle Hill and got convinced to come via Fairfield.
“It’s pretty sad this sort of thing is going on.”
Supt Lennon said the group left the park together before the “traumatised” girls called on a passer-by for help.
They were taken to Liverpool Hospital.
Rolando Atienza lives across the road from where the attack occurred and says the grandstand is a well-known “hiding spot”.
He said several months ago he saw police pounce on a group of men who sought refuge behind the structure.
On another occasion he said his daughter was groped while walking under a bridge to a nearby church.
“It’s not safe here,” he told AAP.
Sex crime squad detectives are expected to review CCTV footage from the train station in an effort to identify the attackers.
One man is described as being about 19-21 years old, about 178cm tall, with a dark complexion, a thin build and dark hair.
A second is about 175cm tall, with a thin build and black hair.
The third male is described as being between 17-19 years old, with a medium build and about 175cm tall.
Supt Lennon urged the men to come forward before police tracked them down.