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FIJI has been ranked in the top 10 countries in the world in terms of the percentage of searches for the word "porn", according to figures compiled by Google Trends. Google trends is a public web-based facility of Google. Inc based on Google Search that shows how often a particular search term is entered relative to the total search volume across various regions of the world, and in various languages. Each country's total Google searches are calculated by Google Trends and then the number of times each country searched for the word "porn" is recorded and calculated as a percentage of the total searches. Fiji is ranked fourth in percentage for searches of the word "porn" and ninth for searches of the word "pornography".
A man who pleaded guilty to exporting child pornography said quitting smoking boosted his interest in the material. This included two police charges of making intimate visual recordings in January last year and eight Customs charges of importing or exporting objectionable material. The Customs summary of facts said the man was travelling to Fiji in January this year. When he returned to New Zealand he was stopped by a customs officer at Auckland Airport.
On 18 December, , Fiji and Australia signed a Memorandum of Understanding MOU to combat child sexual abuse, and to make it easier for police to crack down on child abusers exploiting children in the Pacific islands. This is seen as a very important and necessary bi-lateral strategy to prevent local child sex abuse and child sex tourism. Mr Robert Marlow, 51, of Melbourne, Australia, has been committed to stand trial for allegedly sexually abusing children in Fiji. The committal hearing was held over 7 days at Melbourne Magistrates Court and included expert testimony by four Fijian boys brought to Australia for the hearing, and further testimony via video link up with child and police witnesses in Fiji.