20 Aug 2007

Solomon's PM calls for action against loggers having sex with underage girls

6:14 am on 20 August 2007

The Solomon's Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, has called for action to be taken against loggers involved in sex with underage girls.

After a visit to the area, Mr Sogavare said logging companies operating in the Makira/Ulawa Province must respect Solomon Islands laws and ensure their employees behave themselves.

Mr Sogavare's comments come after a report by the Christian Care Centre of the Church of Melanesia, which revealed stories of commercial sexual exploitation and abuse of children at logging camps in the province.

Speaking at the province's Second Appointed Day 24th anniversary celebrations in Kirakira , Mr Sogavare said he was 'greatly' disturbed by the reports.