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Police: Sex Trade Fears

Prostitution here involving foreign nationals has become an organised crime, says Police chief of investigation and intelligence Henry Brown. Assistant Commissioner Brown confirmed their intelligence unit is monitoring a number
09 Mar 2015 11:43
Police: Sex Trade Fears
ACP Henry Brown

Prostitution here involving foreign nationals has become an organised crime, says Police chief of investigation and intelligence Henry Brown.

Assistant Commissioner Brown confirmed their intelligence unit is monitoring a number of premises around the country.

These are where they suspect Asian women are working as prostitutes.

A raid was last week undertaken by Immigration and Police. While four women were found in the rented accommodation, Police have not been able to prove their involvement in prostitution.

Assistant Commissioner Brown said: “Prostitution has become an organised crime now. Our intelligence is there, but the challenge we face is successfully prosecuting such cases.

“We have to prove exchange of money. Language barrier is also an area of difficulty for us.”

Assistant Commissioner Brown said apart from the criminal risk aspect, such cases have a bearing on the health and morals of our society.

“This is more than a crime. Our communities are exposed to dangers surrounding health and of course morality,” he said.

 

How it is done?

A number of taxi drivers the Fiji Sun spoke to said when foreign fishing vessels arrive in Suva, some Asian crew members’ call ahead to reserve women who stay at rented properties around the city.

Vehicles are then hired by these men who provide the drivers with an address.

Drivers say they exchange phone contact with the men who call them the next day for pick-up.

The usual rate charged is $150 per night for sex, accommodation and food, the drivers believe.

The Fiji Sun was provided with a phone number of one such person who arranges women.

One of our staff members was told over the phone that for a few hours they charge $100 if it does not involve an overnight stay.

Assistant Commissioner Brown said their intelligence unit was aware of this.

He has called on members of public to call their command centre on 9905296 with any information they may have about women who come to the country for a few months and engage in prostitution.

Our sources tell us that these women come into the country with legitimate documents. Some come under the guise of a vacation while others come with valid work permits.

For Police to crack down on such cases, they need to be able to prove that an exchange of money took place.

Assistant Commissioner Brown said their intelligence unit had been working closely with the Immigration Department. There have been cases where women have been deported.

Another way in which this prostitution is apparently thriving is through certain so-called massage parlours.

This is also being watched by Police. Assistant Commissioner Brown confirmed one in particular is currently being watched.

Assistant Commissioner Brown said the actions of a few are tarnishing the image of others who come to Fiji for genuine reasons.

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