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FWCC: Sex trade is much bigger in Fiji

Shalveen Chand And Tevita Vuibau
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

THE sex trade in Fiji is bigger than what it is purported to be and Fiji plays a big role in sex trafficking local and foreign girls, says women's rights NGO, the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre.

Last week, the High Court in Suva convicted two men for sexual servitude crimes where they arranged clients for underage girls, this is the first time people have been convicted of slavery and domestic trafficking under the Fijian law.

FWCC co-ordinator Shamima Ali believes this case is just scratching the surface of a world that has existed in Fiji for over a decade.

"Young girls are being pimped by their parents and family members are some cases but the prevalence of organised sex trade is far greater than what people think," said Ms Ali.

ACP Rusiate Tudravu said all sex trafficking cases reported to the police were under investigation however, he added that if the FWCC felt differently, they were welcome to discuss their concerns with police.

"If that is a valid comment which they can substantiate through evidence or where they see incompetency of police officers, we are very open for them to come and register that with us so that we can follow because we are taking this issue very seriously," said ACP Tudravu.

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