Women's Issues In Guyana

Girl, 13, forced to live with man, 30

Posted in Crimes against Women by wiig on December 5, 2005
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Kaieteur News – December 5, 2005

Several concerned residents of Lima Sands, Essequibo and surrounding areas are calling for a full investigation into the case of a 13-year-old Amerindian girl whose mother they say has forced her to live with a 30-year-old man.

According to reports from the area, the teen was adopted by a Georgetown family when she was four-years-old. However, after the family migrated several years later, she was forced to return home.

Recently, she moved in with the man at Lima Sands.

Residents said the minor and her 14-year-old sister who were living at Lima Sands with the mother were both sexually assaulted by their stepfather who it is believed the older of the two bore a child for.

It was also reported that the mother and other relatives reportedly sent away the 14-year-old and her baby to live in the city in an effort to conceal what had happened.

“This story should come to light and not be covered up; the authorities should follow up this matter immediately because the mother is trying to shield the stepfather from his wicked deeds,” one resident said.

Another resident informed that there are several similar cases in that area where young females are forced to live with adults in an effort to satisfy their parents’ financial needs.

They are calling for the police and relevant authorities to investigate the matter.

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