The number of teenage girls engaging in underage sex rose last year, even as the authorities scored a success in reducing the number of younger girls from doing so. The latest police figures showed there were 198 cases of sexual penetration involving a girl aged below 16, last year. This was 10 more than in 2009.
However, the number of cases last year was an improvement from the figures in 2008, which saw 249 cases. The police said that most of the time, these girls were having underage sex with men known to them, usually their boyfriends or friends.
In one such case at the Subordinate Courts last month, Muhammad Shafiq Abdul Ghani, then 20, pleaded guilty to having consensual sex with a 14-year-old girl between late February and early March, last year. The District Court heard the girl had initiated sex as she wanted to “have his child” which Muhammad Shafiq agreed.
Now 21, he was spared jail and fined S$4,000. District Judge Eddy Tham felt the girl’s “active initiation” where the offender was below 21 was a sentencing consideration. Prosecutors have appealed.
However, statutory rape cases – for girls under 14 – went down. Compared to 2009, last year saw a 40 per cent drop in the number of cases.