Preliminary findings of a yet-to-be released Transparency International survey has found sextortion - demanding sexual favours in return for public services - is a major issue in parts of the Pacific.
Papua New Guinea, the Federated States of Micronesia
and Solomon Islands have higher rates of sexual extortion, according to the
Transparency International New Zealand Pacific advisor
Mariam Mathew told RNZ Pacific women reported corruption was on the rise and
sextortion is widespread.
"Sextortion is a term we refer to when a person
is asked for sexual favours in exchange for them accessing public
services," Mathew said.
"It's a form of currency and in order to access
it they [women] have no other option, but to actually offer this sexual
She said initial findings show women in the Pacific
were "significantly impacted" by sextortion, adding Transparency
International has found the issue could be more prevalent than in other part of
"This is the first time we're getting this sort
of data," she said.
"We need to have conversations with stakeholders
in this space to understand what the issue is, what is being done
about it, what needs to be done about it?" she added.
Transparency International will use the initial
analysis from the survey to conduct focus group discussions with key
Mathew said these discussions will be held at the
national and regional levels by working with groups in the field of gender to
validate the findings but also provide more context to it.
She added the final report is expected to come out
later this year.