Beijing, June 6 (ZXS) -- "The total number of crimes against minors has declined, but sexual assault cases are still on the rise. China's Supreme People's Procuratorate released a white paper on juvenile procuratorial work on June 1.

According to statistics, from 2020 to 2022, the national procuratorial organs approved the arrest of 38854,45827, 39380,57295 and 60553,58410 people for crimes against minors, respectively, and 2022,2021, 14,07 and 3,54 people were prosecuted during the same period, and the number of arrests and prosecutions in <> decreased by <>.<>% and <>.<>% respectively compared with <>.

However, in 2022, the procuratorate prosecuted 36957,20 people for crimes of sexual assault against minors such as rape and child molestation, an increase of 4.<>% year-on-year.

According to the white paper, procuratorial organs severely crack down on various crimes that infringe on the rights and interests of minors, such as sexual assault and abduction, in accordance with the law. The Supreme People's Procuratorate, the Ministry of Public Security and other relevant departments jointly launched a special operation to combat sexual assault crimes and crimes against the abduction and trafficking of women and children. Strictly arrest and prosecute crimes that seriously infringe on the rights and interests of minors, such as sexual assault and trafficking, and make recommendations for sentencing heavily.

While the proportion of sexual assault crimes against minors continues to rise, new crimes such as "indecent assault" and online sexual luring are frequent. On May 5, the Supreme People's Procuratorate released the "Zhu Moumou Rape, Indecent Assault on Children, and Forcible Indecent Assault Case" case showing that criminals lured and coerced eight minors to take nude and sensitive photos and indecent videos through online social software, and threatened minors to meet offline and have sex.

Na Yanfang, director of the Ninth Procuratorate of China's Supreme People's Procuratorate, said at a May 5 news conference that procuratorates have always adhered to a "zero tolerance" attitude and severely cracked down on the use of the Internet to "molest" minors and abuse minors online and offline. From 31 to 2020, procuratorial organs prosecuted crimes such as "air indecency", "online contact, and offline sexual assault", accounting for nearly one-sixth of the crimes of sexual assault of minors.

According to the white paper released this time, in view of the complex and diverse methods of online crimes against minors, the continuous renovation of crime methods, and more concealment, the procuratorial organs have intensified the crackdown, resolutely curbed them, and ensured the safety of minors' online use.

It is worth noting that on May 5, the Supreme People's Court and the Supreme People's Procuratorate issued interpretations on several issues concerning the application of law in handling criminal cases of rape and molestation of minors, reflecting strictness in conviction and sentencing and enforcement of punishments. The Supreme People's Court, the Supreme People's Procuratorate, the Ministry of Public Security, and the Ministry of Justice issued opinions on handling criminal cases of sexual abuse of minors, specifically making "severely punishing crimes in accordance with law" a basic principle in handling criminal cases of sexual abuse of minors, requiring that cases must be filed, crimes must be investigated, and punishments strictly enforced.

Legal experts said that the issuance of the above-mentioned judicial documents not only responds to social concerns and the need to handle cases of sexual abuse of minors in judicial practice, but also further strengthens the crackdown on such crimes. (End)