Odette Lewis

Superintendent Odette Lewis

The Child Protection Unit (CPU) has reported 2,595 incidents of a range of crimes committed against children for the period May 2015 to July 17, 2016.

The Unit has also reported that sexual penetration has been the most prevalent reported serious crime for that period, with a total of 603 cases amounting 30 per cent of the cases.

Superintendent Odette Lewis of the Child Protection Unit shared the statistics while speaking at the weekly police press briefing at Police Administration Building, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.

The Unit she stated has been faced with some difficulty in catching the offenders.

She articulated challenges in since in many instances the perpetrators were known to the victims which included a relative or family friend.

This sometime presented a barrier in obtaining witness statements from victims or family members.

The unit also found that males accounted for 22 per cent of the victims while females represented 78 per cent.

Lewis went on to reveal that there were 242 or 10.5 per cent reported cases of sexual touching.

Statistics also showed there were 27 cases of incest and 35 cases of sexual assault which were reported to the unit.

Child abuse tallied 202 cases, abandonment and neglect 60 and missing children 48.

However, Lewis said of all those children reported missing since the unit was established all have been returned.

She said that there were 68 reported cases of teenaged pregnancy thus far.