Police on Wednesday said it had investigated 181 complaints concerning the treatment of 206 children so far this year.
In a written statement on the occasion of the European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse marked on November 18, police said the number of cases reaching them was “worrying”.
So far this year, the office dealing with domestic violence and missing persons, that includes a special unit investigating child sexual abuse offences, has investigated 181 complaints concerning 206 children.
Police said that when dealing with such cases, they act ‘quietly’ to protect the child victims and prevent their further victimisation.
“These cases are handled by experienced and properly trained members of the office, in order to protect children and bring the perpetrators to justice,” it said.
Police stressed that information and awareness in this area are inextricably linked not only with the prevention of abuse but also the fight against it.
“Children need to be empowered to be able to distinguish between forms of exploitation and abuse and at the same time to have a voice to report these heinous crimes,” the statement said.