Fiji Time: 10:34 AM on Monday 31 August

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

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.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.62100.6020
JPY 57.730954.7309
GBP 0.30440.2964
EUR 0.42040.4084
NZD 0.73260.6996
AUD 0.65960.6346
USD 0.47190.4549

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 31st August 2015

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Leaders hit back at PM
  2. Fear of losing iTaukei language
  3. 43 on radar
  4. Task at hand
  5. Talks to divest government shares
  6. Firewalkers end 10-day prayers
  7. New ride at Sugar Festival
  8. Festival rakes in dollars
  9. 756 victims of violence
  10. FSC adopts change to cane delivery sequence

Top Stories this Week

  1. Sayed-Khaiyum responds to Karavaki warning Thursday (27 Aug)
  2. Guns in town Thursday (27 Aug)
  3. Birth by the river Tuesday (25 Aug)
  4. PM's warning Sunday (30 Aug)
  5. PM turns down Ratu Naiqama request Thursday (27 Aug)
  6. Military, police beef up manpower Tuesday (25 Aug)
  7. John quits 7s job Tuesday (25 Aug)
  8. Soldiers patrol town prior to sedition case Wednesday (26 Aug)
  9. Draunidalo hits back Friday (28 Aug)
  10. Naqelevuki in doubt Wednesday (26 Aug)