Lax laws, cops leave Africa’s kids at mercy of sex predators

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Lax laws, cops leave Africa’s kids at mercy of sex predators

FREE TO READ | Report highlights the ease with which abusers have ‘free rein’ to sexually exploit Africa’s kids

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All across the African continent the situation is the same: there is corruption, weak judicial systems, a lack of capacity and resources, and police are always several steps behind the criminals.

And, ultimately, it is the children who suffer at the hands of child sex offenders who, in many cases, have almost “free rein” to do as they please.

These are among the devastating findings in an 88-page report highlighting the scourge of child sex abuse in Africa. Published by the African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) on Wednesday, the “Sexual Exploitation of Children in Africa: A silent emergency” report provides a shocking litany of how the continent’s children and young women suffer:..

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