A group of young New Zealand boys has gained notoriety throughout the country for boasting about their sexual offenses, including getting underage girls drunk and gang-raping them, on social media sites such as Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.
Referring to themselves as the “Roast Busters,” the group of boys has been posting about the alleged offenses on various sites online for the past two years. Despite the boys’ admissions online and an interview given to the media by one of the victims, police have yet to press charges due to a lack of any official, incriminating evidence.
After persistent investigations from 3 News, reports surfaced that one of the boys is Joseph Levall Parker, son of actor Anthony Ray Parker, the man who played Dozer on The Matrix. The other is the son of a police officer, although law enforcement officials deny this report.
According to the boys, their aim is simply to sleep with as many girls as possible. In one Roast Buster video, one of the boys claims “We take what we do seriously, some of you think this is a joke, it’s not. You try and get with the amount of girls we do. This is hard, it’s a job, we don’t do this shit for pleasure,” according to Jezebel.
Another Roast Buster member, the 17-year-old Beraiah Hale, insisted that he has not committed any sexual assault. “It’s not rape. I had sex with one girl who is 13 when I was 16. She wanted it and that’s all that matters.”
The news of the three boys’ actions even reached the country’s highest office. Prime Minister John Key claimed the boys’ comments were “extremely disturbing and disgusting,” yet stood behind the police’s inability to press charges without a formal statement or official complaint from one of the victims, according to CNN.