19 Aug 2011

Fiji sex crime spike prompts new police campaign

10:40 am on 19 August 2011

Fiji police say a recent spike in reported sex crime has prompted the launch of a campaign to try stop more children from becoming victims.

A spokesperson, Theresa Ralogaivau, says the Police Commissioner wants the country's 4,000 policemen to talk more openly about the issue which is often taboo in Fiji families.

She says most of the sexual crimes committed do not involve child prostitution or trafficking but are offences committed within families.

"These are cases within families or within villages, involving kids from the ages of two to say eighteen. And we have been noticing cases that have been reported are cases of sodomy involving young boys and we find that the perpetrators are pretty young themselves they are juveniles."