World’s Most Dangerous Cities: Port Moresby (PNG) BBC Stories

World’s Most Dangerous Cities: Port Moresby (PNG) BBC Stories

This scene’s a little bit tense. Tell me a bit about this man. He was punching me with his fist
and he broke my ears. The green house, we’ll go in. How many times do you
think he raped you? Almost all my life. What type of people do you
usually target? Go! INDISTINCT I’d arrived in Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea, 100
miles off Australia’s northern tip. This place is regularly voted the
worst place in the world to live. With one of the highest rape and
sexual violence rates in the world, perpetrators are rarely prosecuted. But some victims are taking a stand. Leah, can we go? HE SPEAKS OWN LANGUAGE Leah has taken action to put a
restraining order against her
husband. He’s basically been abusing her
for seven or so years. Hopefully, this is the end for you. Yeah, to end violence. Tell me a bit about this man. Two weeks before I went
into my labour, he beat me at my workplace. How badly? I had black eyes. He was punching me with his fist and
it broke my ears. I had bleed…er, with my eyes there
was a blood clot formed on this side of my eye. Now it’s time to show him that this
is not OK, and today is the day. I don’t want my children to grow
in this violent life. I’ve got to end the violence now. And I’ve got to tell my son and
daughter that violence against women is not acceptable. The green house, we’ll go in.
That’s the uncle’s house. Does he know we’re coming? It’s going to be a surprise. There’s a lot of his family around
here, and I’m guessing they’re not going to be very happy, so I don’t
know where this is going to go. That’s his mum? Yeah. Hello, come. Leah’s husband isn’t at home. But his mother can legally sign the
restraining order on his behalf. It must be very difficult to have
to do this. Yes, it is. But I’ve
got to do it. I… Yeah. Well done.
Well done for being strong. I have tears in my eyes. It shows you how difficult it is to
do something like this. You know, this is this lady’s
family. She’s got kids with this guy. And you have to basically go up
against people you’ve known for
years. What do you think of her bringing
the police here? As a female, I think it’s good. It’s good that she’s…?
Yeah, it’s good. The majority of the men,
they have this mentality where they think women must be just right
underneath their feet. Like Leah, two out of three women
here will suffer abuse or violence in
their lifetime. How big is the problem? How many cases have you
seen this year? From January to May,
we had about 6,000. And those cases are the ones
that are reported. And…and unreported, try and
imagine. Why are so many women being abused? How can I put it?
It’s a normal thing. To any man in Papua New Guinea,
it’s a normal. To hit your girlfriend, your
partner, your girlfriend, your wife? Yes. I’ve been told that some of the
worst perpetrators are the
Raskols here. That’s the local name for
criminals or gangs. And I’ve been told that quite often,
they use rape as gang initiation for new members. They’ve agreed to meet me,
hopefully. There’s about seven guys there,
all considerably larger than me. Let’s meet the Raskols. These are the leaders of
the 13 Casino Raskol gang. They’re notorious for
robbing and raping, and amazingly, they don’t care about
showing their faces on camera. So is this where we’re…we’re
speaking inside? Yes, yes. OK. This is the way. We’re going to
wait there. To win their trust,
I have to try betel nut, a psychoactive drug used all over
Papua New Guinea. Chew the whole thing? Yeah. It doesn’t necessarily taste very
nice. As you chew, you just spit it out.
Oh, it’s red. It’s red. I’ve just got to say, I am most
definitely feeling different. Sweating quite a lot.Yes.Yes.Yes. What is that? It’s um…yeah, yeah,
yeah. It’s quite… First time. How long does it usually last for? That is the cutest gun pouch
I’ve ever seen. That is very small. So is this literally, just a…it’s
a piece of pipe? Yes. It’s just a
piece of pipe. Has everyone here taken a life? With the betel nut coursing
through me, I was feeling brave enough to ask some tricky questions. I heard that some gangs in
Papua New Guinea, as an initiation thing, you… Some young men have to have sex
with a woman, kind of, like, rape a woman.
Have you heard of this?Yeah, yeah.How normal is that? Yes. Is that necessary?
Do you have to do that? It’s quite hard to get my
head around. I’ve been told that in
Papua New Guinea it’s reasonably common to
occasionally belt your wife to make
sure she’s… Have you belted your wife before? What is a belting? Like punch? Have you actually shot her
in the leg? Really? I mean, do you, do you, do you love
your wives? You mustn’t love her. If you kind of love your wife,
why would you belt her? Do you feel like you’re bad people? Carjacking is their biggest
money-maker. What type of people do you
usually target? Hello. I’m Ben. Very nice
to meet you. Are you the victim today?
Are you the car driver? Yeah. All right. Fantastic.
Are you excited? I’ll try! All right. Shall we…? I’ll follow you guys, follow
your lead. So they’re demonstrating to me
how they rob women, who they consider very easy
targets, of their cars. We have a gunman, we have a machete
wielder and then we have a driver. I mean, it’s all fun and games now, but it’s absolutely terrifying
if you’re involved in something like this, and it could end up with
you losing your life very easily. Is this the car?Yes.
The car’s coming. That’s the car. Go, go, go, go, go! Come on, out, out!Shock!That is quite… OK, I’m really shocked. Are you OK? It’s really shocking, honestly.
It’s really shocking. Quite scared?
Yeah, it’s really, like, real. They said that they target women,
like, exclusively. Have you had something like
this happen to you? Yeah. Yeah, I did,
before, once when I was driving. Is it scary being a lady in
Papua New Guinea, cos things like this happen?
Yes. Yes, it is. That was pretty terrifying.
Yeah, yeah, that was so fast. Yeah. When we get a
vehicle, we don’t waste time. Come here, Alex. Come here, Alex. Yeah, I mean, that was quite
the experience. You know, it’s all about being
strong, being in control. If your wife doesn’t listen to you,
you punch her in the face, otherwise you’re not a man,
and that is depressing. In the face of so much
male violence, it felt like women in Port Moresby
were constantly under threat. But there is help. Safe houses have
been set up around the city, where women can seek refuge
from abuse. I was meeting Susan. She’s been staying at this safe
house for the last two months. Does it make you sad, so many
women go through the same thing? Yeah, so many. Most all of the
Papua New Guinea women. You honestly think it’s
nearly all women? Yeah, because most of them,
you know, just staying there. They don’t come out,
they just stay there. How long was he abusive for? Er, we’ve been married since 2000 and then, all these years through
to 2018, he’s been abusing me. What exactly was he doing to you? He just cut my hand, see here. Really? Yeah. 35 stitch. So he slashed it? Yeah. One time he chased me, and I ran.
I jump off the window. This leg has been broken,
this one came at the back, and the heel went through the front. Like it’s turning around,
full revolution. How many times do you
think he raped you? Almost all my life. Almost all my life.
Since we’ve got married. Did his family ever say
anything to him, to stop him? No, they are afraid of him. Everyone’s afraid of him. If they want to say something,
he would just get up and say, “Shut up, don’t talk!
That’s my property!” He’d actually say,
“That’s my property,” about you?
Yeah, as if he owns it, yeah. He sounds like a devil. Yeah. And it seems that one of the
problems is that it’s culture, because people use it as an excuse. Yeah, yeah, yeah. When you’re
talking about culture and customs, most of the women are
hurting themself. Like they are in a cage, you see.
There’s nobody to help them out. What are you planning to do
now that you’re at the safe house? Going back to my village.
Stay with my parents. Find a decent job,
look after my kids and just live a normal life
like everybody. A free life, free from violence,
and abuse and all these things. I really hope…
Yeah, I really hope that you get it. I hope so. This is one of our clients.
She is 69 years old. Very nice to meet you. Yeah, so she’s Marissa. Because she’s 69 years old –
safe house, we don’t keep women over that age.
It’s not a nursing home. It’s not an old people’s home.
So we can’t keep her. And so I’ve explained all of that
to her, Marissa, so she’s leaving today. She had her son-in-law.
Her son-in-law was really violent, just physically abusing her. Beating her up, so…yeah. Do you know why?
Why was he doing it? He wanted to have sex with you?
Yeah. Not only having sex with her – he’s abusing her every day,
belting her up, yeah. Are you scared? Is he looking for you now? Yeah. Were you saying that
he was abusive not just to you but to other members of the family? And he was abusive to everyone? Thank you so much for talking to us.
Really helpful. They’re taking her to
a safe place today. All right. Yeah, I don’t really know how to
react to this. It feels like they’re kind of
sending this old woman to her death. She’s terrified of this guy,
who’s not only been torturing her, but he’s been torturing the rest
of her family, as well. And here lies the problem, is that
these safe houses can protect women for so long, but there is
always a point that they are going to have to go back and in this case,
she is literally going back to hell. It was only five years ago that
Papua New Guinea passed the Family Protection Act,
making family violence a crime, punishable by up to two years in
prison or a fine of US2,000. It’s given hope to women like Janet. Her husband allegedly beat her three
days ago, giving her a black eye, so she fled her home. Hello, nice to meet you. I’m Ben.
I’m Janet.Er, Janet. This is one of our
Yeah. Men is always the head of
everything, he makes the decisions, he takes,
you know… He’s in control of the economy of the family, and
everything else. So he decides for the family. So this is the culture that we have
in Papua New Guinea. It’s very strong. It’s been inherited from generation
to generation to generation. Quite shocking, you know,
isn’t it? It says, “My husband was punching my head so
many times.” How often was he doing this? It’s been four years now. Every day, we never rest. Hearing the police were after him,
Janet’s husband arrives. So this guy behind me
is Janet’s husband. He’s turned up to the
police station. I was speaking with Janet,
and she was saying you’ve been quite physical to her.
Violent. Because she has a black eye. When you say attitude problem, do you just mean she doesn’t do
entirely what you want her to do? Er…yeah. That’s how you treat, like, a dog,
if you’re a bad owner. She’s, like, a human being,
isn’t she, you know what I mean? Cos maybe she doesn’t want do what
you say. That’s what I don’t get. I understand you’re a man.Yeah.
Does it really matter? OK. I’m giving him an
opportunity to talk. What are you angriest about? INDISTINCT No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no! No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no! I didn’t assault her. Janet’s husband is charged with
domestic violence and is facing a weekend in the city jail,
until he can make bail on Monday. The horrible thing is that Janet
still has kids with this guy. He’s going to have to be in her
life to some degree. That’s clearly what she’s worried
about, and I can understand it. He is potentially going to
face justice, but a lot of the damage is
already done. She’s already been beaten up.
Her kids have already saw it. And it’s just sad that there
are so many people like this in
Papua New Guinea. Janet later dropped all charges,
when she was reunited with her kids. My time in Port Moresby was coming
to an end, but I still didn’t fully understand how so many men
could treat women like this. My final stop was the biggest jail
in the country – Bomana Prison, on the outskirts of the city. I feel like they’ve let us in to the
most beautiful prison in PNG. It’s pretty well kept. Well, that’s nice! I’m not going to lie – this is not
what I expected when I thought of a prison in Port Moresby. It looks
like a summer camp as opposed to a correctional facility. Very nice to meet you.My name is
My name is Benjamin. This is the minimum security and
most presentable side of the prison where juveniles are held. I arrive during the weekly
yoga class, aimed at teaching the
inmates new skills. Where does the yoga take place? Is
those guys…? Over there. That’s a lot of people, isn’t it? As most of them are under 18, we weren’t allowed to show their
faces on camera, but I wanted to know what they were
in for. So you’ve got sodomy, suspected
of rape, suspected of rape, suspected of rape. That’s right. Murder. Rape. Stealing. Murder.
Stealing. Rape. Rape. Penetration. Marijuana. Rape. Wow, that’s quite a lot of people,
isn’t it? Yep. Do you know the ages of the people
convicted of rape? Oh, yes. How old are they? 13? 13, yes. That’s so depressing. How long can you actually get in
jail for raping somebody? Two years? OK.Two years.
That’s really short, isn’t it? If you’re wondering how common
rape is here, out of the 27 juveniles that they’ve got in
this correctional facility, 12 of them are being accused of some
form of rape and the youngest one is
13 years old. And that is just insane. It seemed like the culture of abuse
and violence against women was getting handed down from
generation to generation. On the other side of the prison was
the maximum security section. The guards had an inmate they
wanted me to meet. I imagine it’s going to be a not
very nice conversation. How you doing? I’m Ben. This is Ruben, and he’s been
sentenced to 12 years in jail. Can you tell me are you here for? So she was ten. How old were you? That is definitely rape, isn’t it? You know, she can’t consent if she’s
ten years old. Yeah. It… Yeah. You are a rapist. What do you think rape is? Um, I mean, it is rape, because
she’s 10. You’re 40 years old. She’s a child, you’re an adult. She doesn’t even know what
she’s doing. You’ve done something very wrong. You’ve probably ruined a
ten-year-old girl’s life. I’ve been here for a few days
at this point, and I am massively overwhelmed. Pretty much every single woman I’ve
spoken to has got a story of being beaten or raped. I’ve spoken to so many men who think
that raping women is OK, beating women is OK, and this just
takes it to another level. It just seems that there needs
to be education on what is acceptable and how to treat women. And more people like that need to be
sent down for a very long time.

100 thoughts on “World’s Most Dangerous Cities: Port Moresby (PNG) BBC Stories

  1. The reporter is an amazing man, handsome by face and by heart. I have seen one positive aspect on the Guinean people that THEY DO YOGA that cleanses the soul.
    The Guinean government must have a strict law against assaults on women. First of all, the young citizens should be brainwashed at school to have compassion for human beings, especially for woman, and those who don't learn compassion and mistreat women should instantly be hanged to death without any improvement. That's the only way to stop barbarism in PNG.

  2. The worst part is that thoes guys dont even look like gangsters. i wouldnt be scared of a fat fk and a few othere old men LoL

  3. Jesus christ gud thing my great grand parents moved. They told me they moved from PNG but they didnt give a reason why.
    Good luck to all my aunties and sister there damn.

  4. Men who rape or put there hands on woman are cowards let people like me give them there sentence and conviction of a good straight week of asswhoopin and torcher straight cowards in me eyes scum of the earth i see that happening better pray to god i dont get my hands on ur coward ass

  5. For a country thats not inherited from a war torn nation or had a long violant history of wars these men take their built up anger out on their woman? Exactly what he asked the dad “dude why are you so angry? What for?”. We need to stick these abusing men in the middle of syria. They dont understand what a tough life is and they are of being bored doing stupid shit like beating woman.

  6. Every problems in New Guinea can be explained with one simple fact, the average IQ of Melanesians is 67, even lower than that of Subsaharan Africans.

  7. Oh I'm glad I born to a country where gov offer free good education, so that I know the difference between animals and humans.

  8. BBC World News Reporting on Port Moresby Moresby:

    Can we digest it all?

    The most dangerous cities in the world are found outside of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea:

    How many rapes cases are happening daily in Port Moresby?

    How many Murder Cases are happening daily in Port Moresby?

    How many gunfires are heard daily in Port Moresby?

    How many suicide bombers are switching on their vest and exploding themselves?

    How many psycho and depressed lunatics are firing their weapons on innocent school children in Port Moresby?

    How many hallucinated drivers are driving into innocent lives in Port Moresby?

    Because of drug warlords, how many people are killed in Port Moresby because of that?

    How many Christians are suiciding and killing themselves in the name for God in Port Moresby?

    How many people own guns in Port Moresby?

    What is the crime statistics in Baghdad compare to Port Moresby?

    What is the crime rate in New York City daily?

    The biggest problems in Port Moresby and elsewhere in the country are;

    1. Petty crimes which is making people walking on the streets of Port Moresby insecure. Tell us teach our children to be good citizens,
    2. Car thefts. People don’t realize the hardship put into purchasing vehicles,
    (3. Domestic Violence. Both sexes are involved in this one. More reported cases are against men..-this means that PNG women are not weak and are hardcore and can be ruthless which is a good thing btw.).
    4. Market vandalism by rude youths and drunken youths.
    5. Occasional Holdups.

    This is beside the ‘eye for an eye’ tribal fighting that happens especially in the highlands.

    Right now, I would be happy living in Port Moresby than in Baghdad or Damascus or cancerous PC 3rd wave feminism infected U.S

    The international reporter who creeped into Port Moresby and did the reporting wants to get fame in the limelights of the media world. He is a backyard reporter.

    Despite the downturn in the economy and the political news we hear in the Country, I love my Port Moresby right now.

    The report he compiled with so-called rascals are everyday PNGns who were used to act out the film and reports as if they were real! Get a life!
    Immigration, how did this asshole ever get in at the airport?

    Next time we have PM officer follow those so called civilized western media, they are here looking to destroy our image and come back to steal when the situation fits their liking

  9. The tradition of your weakest condemnation is women…….men don't deserved high five or bravo for doing insignificant threats to anybody……

  10. N-words the world over are the source of corruption crime and sloth. These people are genetic morons and are ill suited and completely incompatible with a normal civil society.

  11. PNG problem are complex since most of the 80% of the people who lives in rural communities are still practices traditional customs ..rape and crime is result of western influences from tv,internet(porn) , and corrupt corporate greed from western companies raping and explotaition of the natural resources/minerals/HydroCarbons..

  12. Only dictatorship will bring order to chaos in this savageland. Most of the time, civilasation has to be drilled into a barbarian's head.

  13. Oh but people have it bad in the US. Women think they are powerless in the US, that is silly. People think their living situations are bad in the US. Be grateful !

  14. its sad that there are places like this where rape culture is a real thing while stupid millenials in the west act hysterical that we have a rape culture. THIS IS REAL RAPE CULTURE

  15. To be honest that carjacking was a fake act, I've been through 24 jacks and most men will appear at your window pretending that they are selling shits to you then next thing you know there's a weapon on his hands and he will calmly tell to step out of the car or else ur dead

  16. 22:58 "No I don't see it as rape" doesn't seem like he has no remorse. Do that anywhere else wouldn't last 2 seconds Special place in Hell for child rapists absolute cowards deserve to suffer agonisingly and slowly until the end of there pathetic life let them feel what their victims feel

  17. in my opinion STRATEGY which is carried out rationally and systematically to achieve gender equality and justice in a number of aspects of human life through POLICIES AND PROGRAMS THAT ARE ATTENTION TO THE ASPIRATION, NEEDS AND PROBLEMS of men and women into the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of all policies and programs in various fields of life in development

  18. As a Papua New Guinean, this documentary allows other people to see problematic issues in my country. I will say not all Papua New Guinean men are violent, and not every woman has been abused. Needless to say, my country is my home, it is beautiful and occupies many cultures. This act of abuse and domestic violence shouldn't be identified as culture/tradition, it is in fact a sad & appalling consequence of the lack of education, women's rights, insecure men and generations of violence. If you were to travel, I cannot promise you your safety but I can promise you happy and kind people. It hurts that when you, a non-native, that watches this feels fear, pity, resentment towards our country and people. We could ask for help, I could stand up for my country but where would we begin? Those kids you saw either take after their fathers or become weak like their mothers, and a bare minimum fights for a change. It's a never-ending cycle that begs for help. My point is we don't even know how to help ourselves, but we are pretty strong people with passionate cultures, dances, music and languages. Don't generalise us, instead help us raise awareness. Our Christian country will thrive and until there is a slight change, God will still bless us and love us as he loves you.

  19. they are stupid people, most of them like 98% are STUPID and hypocrite. They do violent things and after that they pray. hahaha STUPID

  20. Why are people so upset at those people who demand there should be more rights for women in the world? It's absurd they can say such things especially after watching this video. You think those things really happen only in Papua New Guinea? I bet they don't.

  21. A thirty nine year old man having sex with a ten year old girl isn't rape??? The morals and logic of these people blows my mind

  22. These men can only rape women but can’t rape a man

    They act tough but in reality they are beta males because they can’t handle a man

    I show my dominance by seducing males that’s how i show I’m an alpha and i can handle a man

  23. What an animalistic & dunce culture. Apparently self control as an adult is non existent & childish tantrums is how to deal with someone who says something or does something you don’t like. There’s no logic in these boys minds only excuses. This goes to show you that without God’s standard & word to judge, anyone can claim to be a “good person” smh these boys actions diminish them as humans and just show them as worse than animals because even animals will accept correction.

  24. What make me laught is, the Gangs, they tell their violence and criminal in front of camera.,
    Where is the police.?
    Police : it is just act. i am shooting too.😂

  25. This is disgusting:It is not tradition.You just introduced it.No women deserves to be subjected to violence.Its not right.

  26. I don’t find a big different between America and Papua New Guinea…. in America woman punch their husband or other men and they are free to go… so the Americans should correct yourself first… don’t give a bad image for this poor countr and the people

  27. Did anybody else get the vibe that Janet's husbands arrest was to some lesser or greater degree staged (for show) for the cameras?

  28. These folks carry some denisovan DNA. No asian nor caucasian , evolved in their own way in their isolated area.

  29. We are good people. Our wives listen to us and do what they were told to. It only took a couple shots between their legs and occasional stabbings. Ok!

  30. the problem is they think its normal, its their culture, its okay to do it at woman. but no its not. they really need to changes

  31. Men attacking woman kid Or child that is not a human! That is animal or monster! It's better him to kill not putting in Jill.

  32. Jeez I went to primary and high school around the area where the gang lives. Idk when my country is going to stop this fucked up backwards mentality.

  33. When that poor old lady 👵 started talking my heart just drop. I can’t believe someone will just hurt a defenseless soul. Men who treat women like trash 🗑 or nothing will not see paradise no matter what they do. The prophet PBUH says respect ✊ all women as they are your wives, mothers, daughters and nieces. I believe corruption also play a key 🔑 factor here because I believe if the law is been applied fully to the perpetrators then this nonsense will stop 🛑

  34. Sekarang aku tau dan bersyukur kalian keluar dari indonesia.. dengan keluarnya kalian, kami tidak mendapatkan beban masalah seperti ini.
    Aku berdoa agar negara kalian akan menjadi lebih baik.

  35. These ppl come here through New Zealand free borders with Australia, as do all low rent low economic New Zealand ppl. Australia has no control of its border!

  36. I just get so annoyed when Western SJW feminists say that they are the strongest females when in PNG there are stronger women that actually go through the hardest times.

  37. My from is from Appalachian Kentucky, USA and this hits home. In Eastern Kentucky is it also considered manly to beat your wives and children. My father severely used to beat my mother often, one time throwing boiling water on her because she accidentally overcooked dinner. My older brother was often severely beaten, once his head was shoved through a glass storm door. Weak men use 'culture' as an excuse to abuse those who they are stronger than. It is never ok.

  38. What is your government doing they should take actions my God…
    I feel sorry for all the women and children…I pray for peace for you all….🙏🙏🙏

  39. Betel nut is about the equivalent of chewing tobacco. He misrepresents it like it is something stronger. I hate poor journalists.

  40. Where are the western feminists on these issues oh i forgot there to busy worrying if a white man has his legs open to much on public transport

  41. I can't believe they just let that old lady go. Couldn't BBC put her in a hotel? Can't someone with money intervene in this shit? Get these women out of there! This is hell.

  42. The most shocking is how the men defend their actions. Like it's the womens own fault that they're beaten and raped. Like they deserve it.

  43. you documented everything, they confessed everything! police had to see it! why they are not in jail? because police does the same! as someone in the comments said women should get guns and wipe out all these people

  44. Sad top see these people now in confusion . They give them guns to kill themselves.its just tricks to make them servants,by colonising there minds,victimising the men.Indigenious people is what they were.Colonisers always make everything worse by there so saying bringing civilasation.And you britishboy return where you came from.

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