LA PAZ – The office of the Bolivian children’s advocate reported that a 16-year-old girl was raped by an officer at a police station in the central city of Cochabamba, Pagina Siete newspaper said Wednesday.
The abuse occurred on Tuesday, after the teen was arrested and taken to police headquarters, the daily said, citing the representative of the advocate’s office, Andrea Garcia.
The adolescent, according to Garcia, went Monday night to the Cochabamba bus terminal with her boyfriend, and was stopped because she lacked a travel permit from her parents, which is obligatory for teenagers in Bolivia.
Garcia said that the boyfriend escaped, while the girl was taken to a police station where she was allegedly assaulted.
Reports of sexual abuse by police officers and members of the military have increased in the Andean country in recent years.
The Attorney General’s Office reported Wednesday that a soldier was sentenced to 30 years in jail for repeatedly raping a 13-year-old girl in the Amazon region of Pando.
A court found that Roland Alfonzo Bartolome raped the minor on at least three occasions, with the complicity of someone in the girl’s family who has also been sentenced to 30 years.