Rabat - Shock new figures have revealed that seventy children are sexually abused every day in Morocco.
Rabat – Shock new figures have revealed that seventy children are sexually abused every day in Morocco.
A report by the coalition against sexual abuse of children (COCASSE) has found that majority of victims were aged between 5 and 14 and that many of the reported abuse cases were against boys (69 %).
The report studied a total of 360 sexual offences against children between 2010 and 2015 and has found that perpetrators are often members of the family. Sexual offences against minors are also committed by relatives, neighbors, strangers and teachers.
COCASSE has revealed a significant year-on-year increase in the number of sex offences against children in Morocco. In 2012, the research showed that a total of 65 sexual crimes against children were recorded, compared to 76 cases in 2013 and 81 in 2014. As for the first months of 2015, 42 cases of sexual abuse and exploitation of children have been recorded.
President of COCASSE Khalid Cherkaoui Semmouni told daily newspaper Al Sabah that Morocco is increasingly becoming a ‘paradise’ for pedophiles coming from all around the world.
The report has also found that cities where sexual abuse against children is rampant are also the cities that attract the highest numbers of tourists.
The cities are: Agadir, Marrakech, Essaouira, Tangiers and Tetouan. According to Semmouni, foreign pedophiles are taking advantage of the shortage in child protection structures in Morocco and the leniency of the Moroccan justice system against the perpetrators of such crimes.