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Organised sex trade exists

Shalveen Chand
Monday, June 23, 2014

OFTEN denied before, police have now confirmed the existence of organised sex trade in the country.

Deputy Police Commissioner Ravi Narayan said it was possible for groups or even a single person to have an organised sex trade operation.

"While the police is there to ensure that laws are followed, it is the duty of the people to follow the law as well," said Mr Narayan.

"We have had some revelations and now we are investigating this matter as well.

"In such cases, people should have a civic responsibility not to participate in such activities. Prostitution is against the law."

Mr Narayan said it was sad that some men's action promoted the growth of the sex trade in the country.

Earlier this month, two pimps convicted for their involvement in a sex trade involving young women, even as young as 15 years, revealed names of people — some very prominent businessmen — as their purported clients.

The trial of Inoke Raikadroka and Mohammed Sagaitu also revealed names of other pimps.

The Office of the Director of the Public Prosecutions said any issues that required further investigation as a result of evidence given during the trial would be forwarded to the police.

There was also evidence in court that young girls were transported from one town to another, as per the demand.

It was said price attained in Nadi was higher for sex workers because of the demand from tourists.

Similar findings were put forward by the Save the Children Fund and the International Labour Organization in 2010 which warned that young girls, even as young as 13 years, were involved and the sex trade was organised in a way difficult to detect.

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