PACIFIC TO WORK MORE CLOSELY AGAINST CHILD SEX ABUSE

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SUVA, Fiji (June 7, 1998 - Radio Australia)---Pacific governments and law enforcement agencies have agreed to work together more closely to fight sexual exploitation of children in the region.

Radio Australia Pacific correspondent Richard Dinnen reports agreements were reached during a conference on the issue in Fiji last week.

"The conference was organized by the campaign group End Child Prostitution, Pornography and Trafficking -- known as ECPAT -- and was funded by the Australian Government.

"Delegates were told foreign pedophiles have moved into the Pacific region, and there are definite signs of a child sex trade beginning in Samoa, Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Fiji and Tonga.

"Delegates to the conference agreed to help create closer collaboration between police, governments and organizations, and to help create a regional body to fight sexual exploitation of children.

The Pacific Asia Travel Association has also agreed to join the fight, and will work closely with ECPAT to promote awareness and combat the problem."

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