The Women's Council of French Polynesia has responded with dismay to the appeal court freeing two sex offenders pending their appeal.
They were among ten people imprisoned earlier this month over a racket involving child prostitution and drug dealing.
The council said it is stunned and angered by the decision.
Thierry Barbion was imprisoned for four years after the court concluded that he gave money to his former partner, Sabine Boiron, to get access to minors.
A former nightclub manager, Marc Ramel, was also given a four-year prison term for having sex with a 13-year-old girl in exchange for drugs.
Boiron, who was jailed for seven years, failed in her bid to be released from prison.