9 Nov 2004

New research by international organisations into child abuse in the Pacific wants to raise awareness

8:39 am on 9 November 2004

New research into child sexual abuse is aimed at raising better awareness on what is often considered a taboo topic.

The UNESCAP, ECPAC and UNICEF led research looks at the commercial and sexual exploitation of children, or CSEC, in seven Pacific countries.

The research will be presented at this week's meeting in Bangkok, to review the East Asia and Pacific Regional Commitment and Action Plan against such abuse.

The regional advisor for UNESCAP Pacific, Alastair Wilkinson, says they have made some interim findings.

"Part of it is to raise awareness, that this is an issue. And that the other part is to work out what are the other things that need to be done, and how can governments and NGO's respond, so I think this research will provide some pointers."

The research was conducted in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Vanuatu, Kiribati, Samoa and the Cook Islands.