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Young Girls Preyed On Via Facebook

There has been a noted increase in older men luring young girls through Facebook for sex in exchange for money. This has been brought to the attention of Fiji Women’s
17 Jun 2015 10:27
Young Girls Preyed On Via Facebook

There has been a noted increase in older men luring young girls through Facebook for sex in exchange for money.

This has been brought to the attention of Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre. Centre co-ordinator Shamima Ali said with the increase in access to social media, more young girls were exposed to this behaviour.

“We have received reports of young secondary school students and University students who have been lured by old men, married men who then promise them with better lives by buying them expensive perfumes, taking them out to expensive resorts, dinner dates and other enjoyable lifestyle which most young girls aspire to have,” Ms Ali said.

“In most cases, these men works together as a group, they know each other which means they pass contacts of these innocent girls to each other and this is how they work,”she said.

Ms Ali said that once they receive such reports, they refer it to the police.

“The main challenge here is that it is hard to establish the evidence as most of these young girls do not want to come out to speak due to the fear of being victimized.

“We try our best to work with parents and these young girls by providing counseling as this is also a form of prostitution and at the same time warn young girls the consequence of their actions.”

However, if a girl older than 16 years is consenting to sex, police cannot do much.

Police Commissioner Bernardus Groenewald confirmed receiving reports of such nature.

“We do not work on the report that we receive but we can only act on the report if there is a complaint by the victim herself.

“Under Section 214 of the Crimes Decree it reads that if a girl is above 16 years old and is consenting to sexual intercourse then it is not a crime so that means we cannot act on that. But what we normally do is that if it’s a forceful and if a complaint is lodged by the girl, then we act.”

Mr Groenewald said according to the Crimes Decree if the ages if the victim is less than 13 then it is rape and if it is between 13 to 16 and is not consented, then its defilement.

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