4 Jul 2019

Alarming rates of child sexual exploitation in Pacific

From , 3:05 pm on 4 July 2019

New research into child sexual exploitation in the Pacific reaffirms that children are most often sexually exploited by people they know.

The survey also shows rates in the Pacific are much more widespread than many presumed.

Researchers with the child protection agency ECPAT International surveyed welfare workers in Fiji, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Tonga, Samoa and Kiribati.

Eleanor Parkes of ECPAT International New Zealand told Sally Round stigma and lack of awareness are among challenges to overcome.

Child abuse

Photo: 123RF