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Two men have admitted using a 15-year-old as a prostitute, while one has also admitted unlawful sexual connection with her (file photo).

Two men in their 50s and 60s, arrested as part of a police investigation into alleged underage sex trafficking, have admitted using a 15-year-old girl as a prostitute.

One of the men also admitted unlawful sexual connection and arranging sexual services with the teenager.

Three men appeared at Kaikohe District Court on Tuesday. They were three of five people arrested in relation to the alleged underage sex trafficking syndicate in the Far North.

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The man admitted receiving commercial sexual services from a 15-year-old, when he appeared in the Kaikohe District Court on Tuesday.

Police have been investigating the case since February.

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All three men who appeared on Tuesday were charged with receiving commercial sexual services from the 15-year-old girl, with the incidents taking place in February in the Far North.

Marcus Barker, a 54-year-old from Kaitaia, admitted that charge, along with unlawful sexual connection, and using text message to arrange for the girl to supply commercial sexual services.

He was given his first strike under the three strikes law for the unlawful sexual connection, and remanded on bail until his sentencing on September 4.

Owen James Sigley, a 66-year-old from Kawakawa, also admitted receiving commercial sexual services from the same girl. He was remanded on bail until his sentencing on October 5.

Michael Cornelis Weitenberg, a 55-year-old from Auckland’s Mairangi Bay, pleaded not guilty to one charge of receiving commercial sexual services from the 15-year-old, when he appeared in court through audio-visual link.

He was remanded on bail to reappear at Kaikohe District Court on August 11, along with the two remaining co-accused who have not yet appeared in court.


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