Sex crimes on the rise

Vuna district rep Laisiasa Tuimouta (left) shakes hands with deputy DPC North Senior Superintendent of Police Kemueli Baledrokadroka during a break at the Cakaudrove Provincial Council meeting. Picture: SERAFINA SILAITOGA

SEX-related offences and crimes against children increased in Cakaudrove so far this year.

This was revealed yesterday at the Cakaudrove Provincial Council meeting held in Somosomo Village on Taveuni.

Officials from the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation informed the meeting that a total of 198 sexual-related cases were reported this year for Cakaudrove.

In 2017, a total of 187 cases were reported and officials have described this as alarming.

The district of Wailevu recorded 45 cases this year, Tunuloa 8, Vaturova 10 and Cakaudrove district 45.

For crimes against children, the number of reports have also increased. In the district of Cakaudrove-i-wai, a total of 18 cases were reported in 2016, 23 in 2017 and 23 so far this year.

For the district of Wainikeli, seven cases were reported in 2016, 12 last year and 11 this year while Vuna district reported four cases in 2016, eight last year and 24 this year.

Council chairman Ratu Jekesoni Yavalanavanua said this was alarming. He told the council that without God, it would be difficult to combat such crimes.

Ratu Jekesoni urged traditional leaders to work with faith-based organisations and law enforcers including other stakeholders.

“We need to work together to put a stop to this and ensure our children are protected at all times,” he said.

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