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Forced sex

Margaret Wise
Saturday, October 07, 2017

CHILDREN as young as 14 years are being used as commercial sex workers so the public needs to be more vigilant and report cases to stop the exploitation of our young girls and boys, says Homes of Hope founder Lynnie Roche.

Speaking at the Pacific Alliance 8.7 at the Novotel Nadi this week, she said a concerted effort was needed by Government, social partners and civil service organisations to eradicate the sexual use and abuse of children.

"We have been around for 20 years and have worked with more than 500 women and their children," she said.

"And all these women have been victims of 'forced sex' — this is a term that our girls came up with.

"Rather than using the term commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) or trafficking, they use the term 'forced sex' because in Fiji the culture is if a girl is raped or exploited, it's her fault.

"And so when the girls came up with the term 'forced sex' what that translates to is that it was forced upon them.

"So forced sex is rape, incest, trafficking and CSEC."

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