Public Defender's Statement on Reports about Alleged Criminal Acts against Children

The Public Defender of Georgia echoes the reports spread in the media and social networks about alleged criminal actions committed against children. According to the reports, strangers try to establish relations with children in educational institutions and public spaces by various methods in Tbilisi and different regions of Georgia and persuade them to travel with them by car.

Based on the fact that the Public Defender of Georgia is already examining five similar cases, we consider it important to inform the public about this issue; In addition, we call on the state agencies to take proactive and coordinated actions.

In this process, the following is especially important:

- The movement of strageners should be strictly controlled in kindergartens, schools and surrounding areas; In case of danger, or suspicion of danger, responsible persons should provide information to parents and law enforcement agencies in a timely manner;

- Educational institutions should provide information to children and their parents on how to act in similar situations, what mechanisms they can use to avoid danger and who they can contact;

- In case of noticing similar facts, the public should show high civic responsibility and promptly contact the law enforcement agencies, including by sending notification to the public safety management center 112.

The Public Defender will study the progress of the investigation ongoing into the alleged cases and will evaluate the measures implemented by the state agencies for the purpose of responding to each case.

If necessary, persons concerned can contact the Public Defender of Georgia via the hotline – 1481, which is available for 24 hours.

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