Juvenile sex offenses against strangers have been on the rise in Hong Kong, according to a study by the local Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Eleven out of 25 cases of such crimes by youth offenders last year were against strangers, accounting for 44 percent of the total, the study found, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Wednesday.
The percentage was way too high when compared with the average of 9 percent over the past four years, the church’s service director Keswick Chuk Wing-hung was quoted as saying.
The study suggests that most of the crimes were spontaneous moves without any pre-planning.
Victims were picked out on the street or during public commute, Chuk said.
Observers believe easy access to pornographic content on the internet is a contributing factor to sex crimes by the youth.
Social worker Joe Ching Kin-cho urged the government to step up regulations over sexual content in movies, comics and novels, among other things, while strengthening education at school and home.
Lawmaker Charles Mok Nai-kwong called on the government to restore a program to help resolve problems related to internet activities of the youth, including addiction to playing online games and surfing pornographic websites.
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