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Student association sets up sex crime concern group

The General Association of Chinese Students of Macau announced Monday that it has set up a sex crime concern group, urging the government to toughen punishment for such crimes.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 5:44 am

The General Association of Chinese Students of Macau announced Monday that it has set up a sex crime concern group, urging the government to toughen punishment for such crimes.

The announcement was made during a press conference hosted by the association’s president.

Last week, the Judiciary Police (PJ) arrested a 78-year-old local man for allegedly molesting two girls aged eight and nine during a music class. According to the girls’ statements, the suspect had asked them to sit on his lap when there were not many people in the room, and the suspect sometimes even touched their bodies. The two girls told their mother last month, who in turn reported the case to the police.

The Judiciary Police in September arrested a 16-year-old schoolboy for having sex with a 13-year-old schoolgirl, whom he got to know via a mobile phone social networking application.

The president of the association, Anita Tai Ka Pen, said that this year there have already been eight sex crime cases involving pupils. Tai said that the concern group believed that the current punishment for such crimes was not harsh enough, urging the government to toughen the punishment.

According to the press conference, the concern group was set up in August, but only announced during the event.

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 5:44 am

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