67 abuse claims

THE operator of the Nauru detention centre has received 67 allegations of child abuse — 30 of which are against staff.

The information was included in answers to the Australian senate inquiry which is looking into allegations of sexual assault, abuse and neglect at the detention centre.

Transfield Services says also it received 33 allegations of rape or sexual assault up until May this year, either at the hands of staff or other asylum seekers.

It says five other detainees have reported being asked for sexual favours in exchange for contraband items. Transfield, which won a $1.2 billion tender from the Australian Government to manage the facility, says all allegations had been referred to the Immigration Department.