Two school friends en route to a shopping trip in Sydney’s west were coaxed off a train and sexually assaulted in broad daylight.
The 16-year-old girls were making their way from the Blacktown area to go shopping in Castle Hill on Tuesday about midday.
Police say the girls were asking for directions from passengers while on board a train to Fairfield when they met three men.
Fairfield police Detective Superintendent Peter Lennon said the men convinced the girls they could take them to a bus terminal where they could get transport to Castle Hill.
Instead the girls were led to a park on Ulverstone Street in Fairfield and sexually assaulted behind a grandstand.
“It’s very brazen and something that is absolutely unforgivable in the local area,” Supt 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.”
The girls were taken to Liverpool Hospital after the attack.
Sex crime detectives working on the case are confident CCTV footage from Fairfield train station will prove fruitful.
Supt Lennon said the girls and three men left the park together after the assault, before the “very scared” girls then called a passer-by for help.
Police are now searching for three men.
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 is about 175cm tall.
One of the victims told police she saw a person walking their dog through the park when the assault was happening.
Police are urging that person and anyone who may have seen the girls and the men at Tuesday lunchtime and afternoon to come forward.
Supt Lennon said young girls seeking directions should be careful who they approach.
“My advice to young girls is to speak to someone in authority,” he said.