27 May 2013

PNG parliament to address child sex abuse

3:22 pm on 27 May 2013

Papua New Guinea's Community Development Minister, Loujaya Toni, says she is presenting a Family Protection Bill to Parliament that she hopes will address the high rate of child sex abuse.

The Lae MP says the bill, spurred on by this month's Haus Krai protest, was meant to have been presented on Friday but was held back by the government.

Ms Toni says the statistics coming out of clinics in Lae are disturbing and something needs to be done to address such high rates.

EMTV reports forty child sex abuse cases have been reported in the past five months from only two clinics in Lae city.

Ms Toni says those in charge of the health system have to put forward submissions detailing the kind of support they need in order to address the problem.