Bassam Darwich is representing himself in a trial about his involvement in an alleged child prostitution ring.
Bassam Darwich is representing himself in a trial about his involvement in an alleged child prostitution ring.

Man, 57, accused of using pre-teens for child prostitution

GRANDFATHER Bassam Darwich is on trial for allegedly being a client in a child prostitution racket which operated in southwestern Sydney.

Mr Darwich, 57, has pleaded not guilty to five charges of participating as a client with three different young girls in acts of child prostitution.

Four of the charges related to females aged between 14 and 18 years old, and one charge related to a child aged under 14.

The prosecution will allege the acts took place in 2010 and 2011 when the youngest girl was a 12-year-old.

A jury of six men and six women were due to hear previously recorded video evidence of the girls in the alleged child prostitution ring.

Mr Darwich is representing himself in the trial before District Court judge Paul Conlon.

Crown Prosecutor Justine Hopper was due to open the case on Wednesday at the Downing Centre in Sydney.

News Corp Australia

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