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Sex In The City: Prostitution Still Rife In Suva

Women from various races are available for sex in Suva City and its suburbs. A survey was carried out by the Fiji Sun in the city and the suburbs in the past few days to check on those involved in the sex trade.
29 Aug 2019 10:33
Sex In The City: Prostitution Still Rife In Suva
Prostitution is still rifle in the city. Source: Google.

It is known as the oldest profession in the world and is nothing new in Fiji too.

Prostitution or the offer to render sexual services in exchange for money is common in the country even though it is illegal.

Women from various races are available for sex in Suva City and its suburbs.

Their charges for providing sexual services vary but the most expensive are the Asian sex workers.

A survey was carried out by the Fiji Sun in the city and the suburbs in the past few days to check on those involved in the sex trade.

Some new Asian women have also been seen in the city, outside a nightclub on Victoria Parade.

Teenage girls have also been seen at some places on Rewa Street and in Nabua, offering sexual services.

In Nabua, the amount of money charged by the sex workers vary for the different services they offer.

One sex worker said she charged $50 for oral sex while it was $80 for ‘full service’.

This charge is on a busy day but it comes down on slack days, which are normally from Sunday to Wednesday.

But some clients often bargain with the sex workers and pay less than what they normally charge and buy them some drinks too.

In the city, business thrives for the Asian sex workers if fishing vessels from different countries are in port.

Some can even be seen going with either three or four of the crew members to offer sexual services and get paid in US dollars.

They approach locals too if business is slack for them when no fishing vessels are berthed at the wharf.

“Do you want a massage?” is what they ask locals.

And their charge for a “massage” for locals is $100 an hour or $200 for a whole night of “massaging”.

The Asian sex workers rent in some posh homes in areas like Namadi and Tamavua, outside the city.

Two women from the Western Division were also seen along Victoria Parade last Thursday night.

When approached by the Fiji Sun, they did not hesitate in saying why they were standing there.

They had arrived in Suva for some “personal reasons” and had booked a room at a hotel and decided to look for some quick cash in the city.

Police charged some women about three weeks ago for loitering in the city at odd hours of the night.

It is understood that prostitution is something that is hard to prove as there has to be evidence of exchange of money between the client and the sex worker for sexual services.

On February 12, 2010, the Fiji Sun reported that police will enforce the new anti-prostitution law under the new Crimes Decree.

It said under the new Crimes Decree of 2009, “any person loitering in a public place for the purpose of offering himself or herself for sex in return for a payment of any nature, seeks the services of a prostitute in a public place, uses the services of a prostitute in a public place, makes arrangements with a prostitute or a person offering the services of a prostitute in order to use any communication whatsoever, or solicits for an immoral purpose by any communication whatsoever”, commits a summary offence.

This newspaper reported that under the Decree, first time offenders will be fined $500 and subsequent offenders a prison term of three months in jail, $1000 fine or both.

A person “knowingly living wholly or in part on the earnings of money earned from prostitution” can be imprisoned for six months if found guilty.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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