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EDITORIAL: Rooting Out Prostitution And Associated Illicit Practices

Police are right to worry about the sex trade involving foreigners becoming the territory of organised crime. From what we have gathered over the past few days, we no longer
10 Mar 2015 12:01
EDITORIAL: Rooting Out Prostitution And Associated Illicit Practices

Police are right to worry about the sex trade involving foreigners becoming the territory of organised crime.

From what we have gathered over the past few days, we no longer have local women merely standing on the streets at nights looking for clients or prowling certain nightclubs and hotels.

Now it seems we have Asian women flying into the country on short term visas, working as prostitutes and flying off back to their countries. This opens up the pandora’s box of issues.

Apart from the obvious Asian crime syndicate risk, social, moral and health issues are also thrown in the mix.

The way these women operate shows the amount of thought that has gone into their operations.

But, one thing has become clear: This cannot go on without the assistance of locals.

We have also come to know that several properties owned by a few individuals are rented out by women flying into Fiji.

The landlords for some are said to pick up these women when they arrive into the country and take them to their various locations. This way women change but the addresses and phone numbers remain the same.

Taxi drivers have wealth of knowledge about men getting off fishing vessels, providing drivers with addresses where they spend the night.

In some overseas tourism and entertainment destinations massage parlour and escort agency prostitution are known to be run by organised crime elements. Fishing ports are another hot spot.

The manner in which some operations are now being undertaken in Fiji, raises the question whether we are not importing an organised crime element.

This also opens the doors for other crimes: Are these women who come into the country forced into prostitution? Are drugs also sold through these premises? Who tells the men who come off the fishing vessels the mobile contact of women here?

Our Police officers have a daunting task ahead of them. While they are aware of how far prostitution in Fiji has come and they are aware that women are flying into the country for this, gathering evidence is harder.

While Police can and have been conducting raids at various premises, all they find are foreign men and women in rented flats. Having sex in the privacy of these is not a crime and it is difficult for Police to prove that there has been exchange of money.

This issue is not of concern only for our Police force. This should be everyone’s worry. Today, we have organised prostitution, but what about tomorrow? How safe is our country from these foreign elements?

 

Feedback: jyotip@fijisun.com.fj




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