Fiji Police On The Lookout For Domestic Child Sex Trafficking

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20 individuals, including businessmen, allegedly involved

By Nasik Swami

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, April 25, 2013) – The Fiji Police Force is keeping a close watch on a group of people, including some businessmen, who are involved in the alleged sale of girls for sex in Fiji.

This was confirmed to The Fiji Times by the head of the force's Human Trafficking Unit, Inspector Aminiasi Cula, yesterday.

He said the discovery followed investigations into Fiji's first domestic human trafficking case earlier this year.

"About 20 people, including businessmen, are allegedly involved in this sexual exploitation of girls," Insp. Cula said.

"We are working on them, increasing our surveillance on the men, gathering information and more evidence on them."

"We are intending to bring them in for caution interview soon and lay charges."

Insp. Cula said the men were involved in the alleged recruitment of girls, sale of girls, transportation and providing accommodation.

He said the group of people involved was brought to their attention after victims reported the matter to police.

Insp. Cula said the victims complained of not being paid enough by the exploiters.

He said they were also investigating the communication links of the group, and were working on obtaining print-outs of mobile calls from the country's two mobile operators.

"The job will be hard but the victims are assisting us to identify the exploiters."

Insp. Cula also highlighted that many people were becoming aware of human trafficking.

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