31 Jul 2013

PNG police keen to curb sex crime

3:16 pm on 31 July 2013

The police commander in Papua New Guinea's East New Britain province, Anthony Junior Wagambie, says he is promising action to stem the rampant level of sex crimes.

He says carnal knowledge, incest and rape are big concerns for the police in the province while other serious crimes, such as armed robbery, car thefts and general misconduct, are less frequent.

He says often sex crimes are dealt with by the Warkurai or village courts and he says will he charge the village court magistrates if he finds they are perverting the course of justice.

Mr Wagambie says he also knows many sex crimes are not being reported because of fear of harassment.

He says he wants victims to come forward and is promising police will take action.

The police commander says he will call on leaders, the churches and all stake holders to work together to put a stop to the sex crimes, especially incest.