15 Nov 2006

RAMSI rejects prostitution allegations by Solomons PM

3:10 pm on 15 November 2006

The Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands has rejected claims by the Prime Minister that young women are being smuggled into the mission's Honiara base to work as prostitutes.

Manasseh Sogavare has said his government will review legal immunity granted to RAMSI personnel to ensure they respected Solomons laws.

He says prostitution is illegal in the Solomons but personnel of the Australia-led RAMSI force who commit such offences could not be prosecuted because of the immunity.

RAMSI officials say there is no evidence of the claim.

It's not known if a complaint has been laid with police.