Venezuela will sign agreements with Unicef to combat sexual crimes

The Public Prosecutor’s Office (MP) of Venezuela is working to combat sexual abuse in minors and will sign a cooperation agreement in 2019 with the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef).

The purpose of the agreement is to strengthen the technical capacities of prosecutors and professionals in matters of family defense in the South American country, as said the Attorney General, Tarek William Saab.

In a press conference offered from the headquarters of the Public Ministry in Caracas, the head of the Judicial Power emphasized that the union with the international organization will promote actions to reduce sexual crimes in children and adolescents that amounted to 4,891 from August 2017 to the date.

Also, Saab said that the geographical areas where this type of transgressions are most present are Zulia state with 718 cases, the Metropolitan Area of Caracas with 602, Carabobo state with 487 and Miranda state with 446.

In this regard, he said that in the last year there were 1,606 indictments and were filed 1,380 accusations.

The prosecutor stressed that crimes of sexual abuse are among the most reprehensible causes for the judicial system and the people, and «their confrontation is a matter of special attention for our management», he said.

Finally, he urged the population to denounce these cases, while emphasizing that behind them ‘in their majority there are people with economic power and supported by corrupt police officers,’ Saab said.