PPC Manus raises concern about suggestions for a brothel on Manus

MEDIA RELEASE
Friday Feb 3rd 2017

PPC Manus raises concern about suggestions for a brothel on Manus

Provincial Police Commander for Manus Province Senior Inspector David Yapu is concerned about a local landowner suggesting the establishment of a brothel on Manus Island only to cater for the 900 plus asylum seekers.

Mr Yapu said it will be illegal and also against Papua New Guinea’s Christian principles. The brothel will create more social problems and unwanted pregnancy including the spread of HIV Aids now prevalent on the Island.

“The brothel will become an issue affecting our traditional family morals and values with young girl and mothers servicing those asylum seekers for the sake of easy money,” say PPC Yapu.

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PPC Yapu is aware of asylum seekers engaging local youths to buy home brew for them. However, he has not received any reports of local youths soliciting young girls for sexual favours with asylum seekers.

“This is news to me. I have not received any such reports,” Senior Inspector Yapu said.

PPC Yapu said the asylum seekers outnumber the local police with 911 at the Manus regional processing centre at Lombrum and 68 refugees at East Lorengau transit centre.

“We only have 55 police personal in Manus and should there be any unrest or riot the police will be out numbered,” PPC Yapu said.

The PPC is seeking 15 new police recruits who passed out from the Police College at Bomana recently to beef up the police manpower on the island province. He said accommodation for the news recruits is being arranged with PNG Immigration Department at the centre.

PPC Yapu said that 39 cases were reported to police last year 2016 involving asylum seekers and refugees. Such cases as consumption of homebrew and drugs, procession of pornographic materials, drunk and disorderly causing nuisances in public places, resisting police arrest, damaging properties and sexual touching and assault.

The court has convicted those found guilty in a form of fine, others were cautioned and discharge. But some cases were struck out because lack of evidence.

PPC Yapu said the police have no control over the movements of the asylum seekers after the Supreme Court ruled that the Refugee Centre is illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional.

He said given that freedom the asylum seekers have gone beyond the town boundaries into villagers and outer islands. The PPC is concern about their safety and the consequences that may arise if the asylum seekers are assaulted, injured or killed.

The PNG Immigration officers are responsible for the movements of the asylum seekers, but they are currently under staffed. The general feeling among the public is the movement of refugees especially at night which is not safe and they should be back in camp by 6pm.

The police have conducted awareness for the asylum seekers to respect the locals and the laws of PNG. But it seems to have fallen on deaf ears and social problems is now an issue with local police and the asylum seekers.

PCC Yapu has instructed his officers not to hesitate and deal with these asylum seekers if they come into conflict with PNG laws

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