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Police: Sex Crime Suspects Are Getting Younger

Police: Sex Crime Suspects Are Getting Younger
SSP Sakeo Raikaci.
July 09
10:24 2017

The Fiji Police Force yesterday revealed that over the last five years, suspects of sexual offences were getting younger.

Police director prosecutions, Senior Superintendent Sakeo Raikaci, while speaking at the Fiji Women Lawyers Association workshop in Suva, said it was now a serious concern.

Speaking on the theme ‘Sex Crimes in Fiji: Prevention, Detection, Prosecution and Defence’, SSP Raikaci said they also noted that most of the perpetrators were related to the victims.

Looking at the five-year trend between 2012 and 2016, he said there were around 330 suspects, both females and males, aged between 13 and 17 years.

He also said males aged between 18 and 24 represented the highest number of suspects. SSP Raikaci also revealed the trend of overall sexual offences over the last five years.

He said in 2012 around 2947 sexual offences were reported; 3249 in 2013; 3066 in 2014; 2651 in 2015; and 1593 were registered in 2016.

SSP Raikaci said an area they focused on addressing these issues was through the Duavata Community Policing Unit based on the fact that victims of sexual offences were getting younger.

Also between 2012 and 2016, SSP Raikai said 124 females under the age of five were victims of sexual offences, while 24 were males or young boys.

Predominantly, SSP Raikaci said victims of sexual offences and the group most affected were aged between 13 and 17, recording 2223 females and 262 males.

The role of the Police, SSP Raikaci said, was based on investigations and implementing preventative measures regarding sexual offences.

He said Police worked with non-governmental organisations to provide counselling to victims.


Indecently insulting or annoying any person;

Rape, indecent assault;

Defilement of persons between 13 years to 16 years;

Abduction of persons under 18 years with intent to have carnal


Sexual assault;

Attempted to commit rape;

Defilement of children under 13 years;

Incest by any relative;

Defilement of intellectually impaired persons;

Assault with intent to commit rape;

Household permitting defilement of a person under 16 years of age

on premises; and

Unnatural offence with animals, with two cases each.


Edited by Naisa Koroi



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