HCM CITY— Around 170 cases of child sexual abuse are prosecueted in HCM City every year, according to the city People’s Procuracy.
Vũ Thị Xuân Nhuệ of the Procuracy said 826 people face sexual abuse charges for crimes they committed between 2012 and 2015.
Speaking at a workshop in HCM City on Tuesday, she said since many cases are not reported, the actual number could be much higher.
Most of the abuses occurred at outlying districts like Bình Tân, Thủ Đức, Củ Chi, Hóc Môn, and Bình Chánh, she said.
Lack of care among parents is to blame for the rising number of child sex abuse crimes, Lieutenant Colonel Nguyễn Văn Dũng of the city Department of Public Security said.
He also blamed the easy access to pornographic websites.
Nguyễn Văn Gia Thụy of the city Department of Education and Training said the Procuracy should co-ordinate with the Department of Public Security to disseminate information about sex education and sexual harassment crimes at schools.
“It is crucial to educate young people in protecting themselves from sexual abuse.” —VNS