Hunt follows rape of teen prostitute

A 16-year-old prostitute was raped by a client after a "transaction" negotiated by her mother turned sour in South Auckland.

A member of the public found the girl semi-conscious in Mountford Park, Manurewa, about 1.30am yesterday after she had been raped and kicked in the head.

The rapist had picked her up earlier from Northcrest Way, where she and her mother had been working, said Detective Sergeant Steve Brewer.

"The mother asked the daughter to take the trick. She left in the car with him [but] became concerned ... and decided that she wouldn't proceed with the sexual transaction.

"He didn't take well to her pulling out and he's forced her to have sex. He's raped her in the car and kicked her in the head as she's got out of the car."

Child, Youth and Family had been told about the girl and her mother, Mr Brewer said.

Police are hunting a solidly built European male in his early 20s with dark-blond hair and a moustache.

He wore a white hooded sweatshirt with "echo" and a black T-shirt and drove a black Honda Civic with a registration that began with letters similar to DPQ.