Parents in Swaziland are letting men have sex with their girl children to determine whether they want to marry them, local police reported.
A police spokesman said parents were exploiting the children ‘by using them as sex tools for quick marriages’, the Swazi Observer newspaper reported (26 June 2017).
The newspaper reported Deputy Police Information and Communications Officer Assistant Superintendent Phindile Vilakati saying that some children were abducted and raped. It reported, ‘Vilakati said in many of the abduction cases, police have discovered that parents of the female minors were also involved by allowing the practice to take place right under their noises.’
Vilakati said the number of abduction cases where the parents were involved in exploiting their own children was increasing.
The newspaper reported Vilakati saying, ‘This worries us because it then means that the girl child is not safe anywhere she goes, yet a home is where a child is supposed to be safe. Unfortunately, some parents are so eager to receive dowry that they allow their children to be exploited by adults who first have sex with the child and then determine if whether or not they will marry that particular child.’
SWAZI CHILD RAPE IS NOT UNUSUAL