10 Apr 2008

Problem of young girls visiting foreign fishing boats in Solomon Islands being tackled

10:45 am on 10 April 2008

In Solomon Islands, women leaders and representatives from Ports Authority and Police are finding ways to tackle the issue of young girls visiting foreign fishing boats in Honiara.

Representatives from those organisations have held a meeting this week on how they could work together to address the issue.

General Secretary of the National Council of Women Ella Kauhue told the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation that womens organisations can only advocate against this problem.

She says it's not easy for women organisations and other organisations to address the issue when the laws of the country do not cover prostitution.

She says local people are involved in this illegal operation by taking the young girls and women to the boats.

Reports indicate that some of the girls stay on the boats for weeks, providing sex and other illegal services until the boats set sail again.

Eight young girls were caught in a fishing vessel last week in an operation undertaken by Police, Customs and Excise and Quarantine.

Ms Kauhue says it's time the Penal Code is revisited to fill up the gaps that would suit the attitude and the way people live today.