Women's Issues In Guyana

12-year-old runaway allegedly made into sex slave

Posted in Crimes against Women by wiig on March 23, 2006
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Kaieteur News – March 23, 2006

Police have detained two men and a Mahaica woman as they probe an allegation that a runaway 12-year-old girl was made into a sex slave. The three persons were arrested earlier this week after police learnt that the 12-year-old was lured into performing sexual favours for money.

The acts were allegedly committed by three men who reportedly paid the woman to have sex with the child.  A relative of the child who spoke to this newspaper stated that the child had run away from her Sophia home in January this year after a scolding by her mother.

She was at the East Coast Demerara bus park when she met the woman who invited her to her Jonestown, Mahaica home. While there, the child was made to perform sexual acts with the three men on different occasions while the woman was paid a fee. The relative said that an aunt of the child eventually saw her in Mahaica and immediately took her to the police.

After relating her ordeal, police subsequently arrested the woman and two of the men. They are still to apprehend another man who was allegedly involved.

According to the relative, the child was to have undergone a medical examination yesterday. The perpetrators could face charges under the Trafficking in Persons Act. Several cases have been engaging the courts with regards to this type of activity. Most of the cases involved teenaged girls, who are lured into the interior and made into sex slaves for miners.


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