TWO children are the latest rape victims in the country.
According to police, the two children aged four and six years were allegedly raped by a 41-year-old man on an island last month.
Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said the incident was reported to police on Saturday and the suspect was now in the custody of police on the island for interrogation.
Ms Naisoro said it was alleged that between 10am and 11am on January 27, the suspect had unlawful carnal knowledge with the two children while they were playing inside their kitchen.
She said the mother of the six-year-old was doing some chores outside their home when she heard her daughter screaming.
Upon enquiring, she said, the mother was told by her daughter that she and the four-year-old were both allegedly sexually abused by the suspect.
"The suspect is now in the custody of police for interrogation and for his safety until the completion of the investigations," she said.
"As investigations continue into the matter, the incident has once again sparked a warning that these crimes will not be condoned and those who continue to prey on our children will be brought to justice.
"A more concerted approach is needed to weed out this social ill as stated by the Commissioner of Police.
"This is an issue of morality which the police are ill-equipped to handle on their own," said Ms Naisoro.