Police probe street girls abuse

ZAMBIA Police have instituted investigations into alleged reports of some police officers abusing street girls.
Victim Support Unit national coordinator Tresford Kasale charged that investigations have been instituted to ensure that police officers who sexually-abuse street girls risk being arrested.
Mr Kasale’s comments come in wake of 17-year-old Mary Tembo (street girl) who has repeatedly suffered sexual abuse at the hands of police officers whenever she seeks shelter from different police stations.
Mary narrated her story at the launch of the One Stop Drop-In Centre for street children by Fountain of Hope recently.
Mr Kasale noted that police officers who are supposed custodians of the law are not protecting and preserving lives.
“If we police officers begin to molest these young girls where do we expect them to run to whenever they are faced with threats from fellow street children? Do we take advantage of them and do as we please to them simply because they are at our mercy,” he asked?
He added “I am calling for an investigations into this matter and ensure that culprits are brought to book.”
Meanwhile, Fountain of Hope founder and board chairperson Rodgers Mwewa said the newly-launched One Stop Drop in centre is designed to save children both on and off the streets, who do not have access to quality and timely health care services.
Mr Mwelwa who is also Mwansabombwe member of Parliament said the facility will also help street children who suffer sexual abuse to access post exposure prophylaxis and offer contraceptives to prevent unwanted pregnancies.
He said HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections are high among street children due to the sexual abuse they go through.
“The centre through its paralegals will enable the girls to seek justices for the abuse they suffer,” Mr Mwelwa said.

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