A Chicago police spokesman has confirmed that a missing 15-year-old girl has been found safe after her family says she was sexually assaulted on Facebook Live.
According to local TV station WGN, Austin's uncle had informed her mother that he had seen a graphic video involving her daughter, which led the mother to believe she had been raped. The mother later reportedly saw video images of her daughter appearing to be gang raped, the AP reported.
Austin's alleged attack would not be the first violent crime committed on Facebook's live streaming service.
The girl's family reported her missing after the teen didn't return from a trip to the store Sunday, March 19.
"Police only learned of the attack when the girl's mother approached police Superintendent Eddie Johnson late Monday afternoon as he was leaving a department in the Lawndale neighborhood on the city's West Side, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said".
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She had photographs of her daughter apparently being sexually assaulted on the website.
According to investigators, none of the roughly 40 people who watched the video called authorities.
He said Mr Johnson immediately ordered an investigation and the department contacted Facebook to take down the video. Police are now conducting interviews.
"What's even more disturbing, more than the fact that they did this, there were so many people that saw this, and they didn't pick up the phone and dial 911", Johnson told WGN concerning the video footage. "It's just not right".
Chicago Police are now searching for five or six men or boys suspected of sexually assaulting the girl after she went missing on Sunday. That assault, too, was live-streamed on Facebook, and received widespread media attention.