Serial sex beast arrested after ‘raping 30 children in a week’

A serial sex beast accused of raping 30 children in a week has been arrested.

The 28-year-old alleged rapist was detained by police in Manica Province, Mozambique.

Authorities said he is suspected of attacking youngsters last week in the city of Chimoio.

The Mozambique Republic Police (PRM) said he is accused of targeting children aged between six and seven, Nation reported.

Police said he lured the victims with cash and carried out the attacks while their parents were working outdoors.

Statistics from the force show the province records two cases of rape per week on average.

And more than 37% of women in the African country suffer physical and sexual violence in their lifetime, according to the Demographic and Health Survey in Mozambique.

Sexual offenders can be locked up for up to 12 years if convicted.

But activists say the sentence is too lenient, according to Nation.

The publication said underreporting also remains a big problem in the country, as it does elsewhere.

Victims of sexual assault in Mozambique, or their guardians, have to make an official complaint before an investigation is launched.

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This has led to criticism, according to reports.

The United Nations (UN) says it is working together with the country’s government, along with civil society organisations, to end violence against women and girls through the Spotlight Initiative.

Launched two years ago, it also aims to eliminate child marriage and promote health issues, the UN said.

Earlier this month, Mozambique was rocked by an attack by jihadist militants who attacked a hotel in the north of the country.

Pedro da Silva, commander of the police station in the nearby village of Quitunda, said the remains of a dozen victims had been buried together in a mass grave.

They had been tied up and beheaded, he added.

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