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【四名警員涉嫌與15歲女童非法性交被捕｜Four police officers arrested on suspicion of having sex with a 15-year-old girl】
We are deeply concerned and shocked by the incident of four police officers arrested for alleged “Unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under 16 years’ of age”, one involved “Indecent assault”, and another with a count of “Criminal intimidation” towards a 15-year-old girl on 15 March 2022.
According to media reports, the girl was connected to these four officers through the social networking application “Heymandi” and developed unlawful sexual relationships with them. The matter only came to light when the girl was allegedly threatened by one of the police officers to have sex with her again and she sought help from a social worker. It is particularly concerning that this case concerns not one but four officers from two separate police stations.
The alleged behaviors at issue in this case are totally unacceptable and contrary to the rights of children to protection under Article 39 of the Basic Law and Article 20 of the Hong Kong Bill of Rights. Sexual exploitation and rape of children have devastating and permanent effects on the rights and welfare of victims, and for that reason they are regarded absolute liability offences. There must be zero tolerance and constant vigilance against such attacks. A culture of child protection must be cultivated in the police force and throughout our society to their prevent recurrence.
We are deeply concerned that the officers were not arrested for rape, which carries a much higher sentencing tariff. The girl involved was below the age of consent and had clearly been manipulated and exploited by a gang of much older men. These offences have not been substantially reviewed or updated in almost 50 years and are clearly outdated. We call upon the Government to urgently refer the matter to the Law Reform Commission to conduct a review of child protection law to ensure that appropriate principles and rules are in place to better protect the rights of children. We further call upon the Government to implement the recommendations of the Law Reform Commission in relation to the review of sexual offences.
Police officers occupy an almost unparalleled position of trust in our society. They are on the front of safeguarding children against exploitation, privileged by the law as only one of two professional groups able to seek care and protection orders. Complaints of abuse of children (as in this case) are made to the Police Force. Exploitation and abuse of children by police officers thereby directly weakens the trust between children, the public, and the police, and undermines their ability to carry out their crucial role in child protection.
This case demonstrates the need for enhanced training on children’s rights and child protection, and stronger screening in police recruitment. We call upon the Commissioner of Police to go beyond the minimum of Sexual Conviction Record Check and to institute robust interview and background check measures to prevent admitting persons who would harm children from police recruitment.
The pandemic has had a serious impact on children, exposing many to exploitation and abuse by making them socially isolated. This heightened risk must be met with greater effort by all parties. We acknowledge the online child protection campaign launched by the police force last year but more work has to be done to prevent the increased risks of children being exposed to these online and offline risks under the pandemic.
Hong Kong Committee on Children’s Rights
23 March 2022