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Why do men prey on underage girls?

May 16, 2014 - 12:34am



In the last two years, more than 100 men here have been charged or jailed for having sex with underage girls.

Some had commercial sex with girls under 18. Others had sex with girls under 16.

Why do adult men seek out young girls?

“These younger women make them (the men) feel younger, and men all over the world fear their own aging process,” said Dr Carol Balhetchet, clinical psychologist and senior director of youth services at the Singapore Children’s Society.

Some men will continue to target younger girls for sex because of a belief that younger girls are generally more naive and easier to handle, said Ms Sharon Teo, a senior lecturer in Temasek Polytechnic’s psychology diploma course.

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