Report says 60 children sexually abused daily in Morocco

NGOs present report in Paris

07 July, 10:56

    Child at work in Morocco Child at work in Morocco

    (ANSAmed) - RABAT - A group of NGOs working in the area of children's rights presented a report in Paris this week showing that just under 60 children are sexually abused in Morocco on average each day.

    Data from the report has been making the rounds of Arab-language dailies this week.

    The figures were compiled from cases of abuse reported either in the news or by families of the victims, and the report also estimates unreported cases.

    Morocco's problem with pedophilia came under scrutiny last November when a group of mostly Moroccan NGOs that make up the Coalition Against the Sexual Abuse of Children (COCASSE) reported that in 2015 there were 935 cases of sexual abuse of children, 55% of which were perpetrated by family members, with the majority of victims - 635, or nearly 70% - young boys.

    Those figures continued an upward trend from 768 cases of sexual abuse against children in 2013 and 850 cases in 2014.

    The report said that sexual tourism is also part of the problem, with destinations such as Marrakech, Agadir, Essaouira and Tangier.

    Morocco's criminal law regarding sexual abuse against minors was recently revised to make any type of abuse against children, even non-sexual abuse, a crime.(ANSAmed).

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