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Sydney Child Prostitution Ring

A 12-year-old girl allegedly lured into a child prostitution ring was scared she'd get into trouble if she didn't have sex with a 55-year-old client, a court has heard.

Elia Toma, 55, appeared in Campbelltown Local Court on Friday charged with multiple child sex and prostitution offences.

Toma is one of four men, all aged in their 50s, charged with being customers of an alleged Sydney child prostitution ring run by two young sisters.

All of the accused are scheduled to appear in Sydney courts on Friday.

Police allege seven girls from vulnerable backgrounds aged between 12 and 16 were procured for the four men, and possibly other male customers, over a two-year period.

Police prosecutor Len Kerr said Toma was charged with being part of the alleged child prostitution ring and, if convicted, faced up to 20 years' jail.

Magistrate Robert Rabbidge said police were alleging that in one instance Toma met a 12-year-old girl on the street and she got into his car. He asked the girl how old she was and she told him she was 13.

Toma declined to have sex with her, but the girl expressed a fear that if she didn't, she would get in trouble with the woman who'd allegedly procured her.

Police allege that Toma told the girl she could either perform oral sex or masturbation on him, which she did for $10.

Toma immigrated from Iraq in 1980 and lives in Cabramatta, in Sydney's southwest, with his wife and two adult daughters, the court heard.

His wife and one his six sisters were in court on his behalf.

Toma's solicitor, John Young, applied for bail, noting that the charges were serious because they involved underage girls, but that his client had strong ties to the local community and was not a flight risk.

The magistrate said the alleged facts showed "an extremely powerful case" against Toma.

"I have grave concerns that a 55-year-old man would be preying on very young female children," Mr Rabbidge said in refusing Toma's bail application.

Bassam Darwich, 52, from Chester Hill, appeared briefly in the same court charged with five child sex and prostitution offences.

He did not apply for bail, which was formally refused.

His solicitor, Peter Proctor, said Darwich intended to plead not guilty to all charges.

The matters for both men are scheduled to come before the same court on July 18.

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Two sisters preyed on at least seven vulnerable children before prostituting them for as little as $10 to men in cars and motel rooms in Sydney, police say.

Police allege the girls, aged from 12 to 16, were runaways, living rough, or came from troubled families. They were offered drugs by the women as an inducement to service clients older than 50, police say.

"These are children that have been abused and manipulated," Liverpool local area commander Ray King told reporters on Thursday.

"We don't know how they will be in 20 years. It's quite traumatic.

"It's probably an underbelly of our society today that this type of issue or offence can occur."

More victims and customers were probably involved in the child prostitution ring that police believe ran for two years.

Superintendent King said he expected more arrests and urged any more victims to come forward.

Detectives from Strike Force Woodvale arrested the sisters, aged 19 and 22, in dawn raids on Thursday at their home in Warwick Farm, in Sydney's southwest.

They also raided four homes at Canley Vale, Cabramatta West, Northmead and Chester Hill and arrested three men aged from 51 to 53.

Police expect to charge the five people in a Sydney court on Friday.

They will allege the sisters contacted their clients by phone and were often where the sexual acts took place.

One of the sisters was charged in March with offences relating to prostituting two girls and was eventually granted bail.

She was also charged with robbing a customer of $500 and a mobile phone after he met up with one of the girls for sex.

A public plea in March and further investigations by Woodvale detectives led to Thursday's arrests and more victims coming forward.

A police source told AAP there was no connection between the three men or between them and the sisters.

The sisters allegedly used their own contacts to locate the victims, he said.

"They obviously became exposed to these girls through their background," the investigating police officer said.

Police will also allege the sisters offered the girls drugs.

"As part of the manipulation to arrange these girls, prohibited drugs were a factor," he said.

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