Government has signalled its intention to deal with persons who exploit the nations young boys and girls for their own gain.
Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs Adriel Brathwaite told parliament today, as debate continued on the Estimates Of Revenue And Expenditure for 2014-2015, over the next couple of months, he would be using his office to “ensure that if anything untoward have been happening with these young people who are missing, that persons are brought before the courts of this country”.
“From time to time I hear stories and I read stories about young girls being missing from home for two or three days and then they turn up . . . and we are grateful that they turn up. One of the things that I have been complaining about [which] upsets me, is that our young girls and boys be allowed to grow up as young girls and boys, and not be exploited by big men and women in this country.
“ . . . Whenever I see it [and] I question where has this young child been, you hear darkness. Yes, the families are happy to have them back, and I am always happy to know that they have returned home, but I want, when they have been exploited, to bring these culprits to justice, to account, and I am sending a signal to my colleagues in the Royal Barbados Police Force, and to my colleagues here . . . we must use our offices. When we go around and there are instances, let us address them. Our children must be allowed to grow up and live like children,” Brathwaite stressed.