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5 Minors Spotted Inside Nightclub, Police Warn Parents

The minors were caught last Friday by members of the Child Protection Committee, which comprises various stakeholders.
23 May 2019 13:48
5 Minors Spotted Inside Nightclub, Police Warn Parents
Acting Corporal Lagakali Uluiviti shared the findings at the UN Women’s Market for Change programme, “Improving Safety in Markets” in Nadi yesterday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Police have issued a stern warning to parents to be aware of their children’s whereabouts after five minors were caught inside a nightclub in Lautoka.

The minors were caught last Friday by members of the Child Protection Committee, which comprises various stakeholders.

Committee members had to disguise themselves and carry out a random check at nightclubs in the Sugar City, which resulted in the find.

The minors caught inside the nightclub were boys aged between 14 and 16 years.

The committee has been established by the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation,  and Ministry of Education and is made up of stakeholders, including Police and the Lautoka Market Vendors Association.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said, “parents were counselled to better monitor and supervise their children and be aware of their whereabouts at all times”.

Ms Naisoro said the nightclub operators could lose their licences if they choose to turn a blind eye and allow minors inside the nightclub.

“The nightclub owners were issued warnings and reminded about the consequences of allowing minors into the nightclubs and the need to improve monitoring and checking of IDs,” she said.

Save the Children Fiji chief executive officer Iris Low-McKenzie said, “when it comes to the protection of children, everyone has a responsibility.

“Access to nightclubs/bars has age restrictions in Fiji and nightclub/bar owners and staff need to take responsibility and abide by the law,” she said.

“Not only are they allowing minors into the clubs/bars, but they are also selling alcohol to them. This is irresponsible.

“Not only are they breaking the law, but nightclubs/bars expose children to other things like drugs and alcohol abuse so we need to talk to our children to understand the age restrictions and why the age restrictions are there and the consequences  for breaking the law.

“And as adults we need to guide, inform, protect and remind them about the laws and about making responsible choices.”

Child Protection Committee member, Acting  Corporal Lagakali Uluiviti shared the findings at the UN Women’s Market for Change programme, “Improving Safety in Markets” in Nadi yesterday.

Acting Corporal Uluiviti is incharge of the Lautoka Market Police Post.

The committee met nightclub owners in Lautoka on Monday.

The committee includes three police officers a juvenile officer, sexual officer and community policing officer.

Edited by Percy Kean

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