There are too many paedophiles in Barbados walking around scot-free because they have high social status and connections.
Member of Parliament for St Thomas Cynthia Forde voiced this concern in the House of Assembly today while making her presentation on the 2016/2017 Estimates of Expenditure and Revenue.
“It is a topic that is dear to my heart when it comes to children because I believe that children are special. They are made in God’s image and they should be given the best care possible, the former teacher said.
However, she expressed concern that “too many of them were being treated unkindly and some parents must be held to account for allowing their children to fall through the cracks because they have not been supervising them properly.
“I do not want to speak about some videos I saw what people have accused these young people of being engaged in, but I know it is happening. There are some hard back men who are taking advantage of our young children. Too many paedophiles are in this country walking around scot-free because they are somebody. They have a business; they are known by the minister; they are friends of the police, all kinds of nonsense and our children are falling through the cracks. When chldren are scarred through molestation and abuse in whatever form it remains with them for ever. It is not only males, but some females have boy friends fourteen and fifteen years,” Forde added.
Forde maintained that something had to be done and she called on the justice system to be as effective as possible in dealing with such cases.
She further maintained that the wheels of justice must turn and perpetrators must be brought to justice as a matter of urgency.
“We lost two or three children last year in circumstances that still have me, Barbadians and the rest of the world startled. Our children must be well cared for,” Forde said.
The St Thomas MP called on Barbadians who have the means and the ability to get into foster care and help some children who need love and protection from elders.
Noting that too many of our children are found wandering, Forde suggested that the Ministries of Social Care and Education should work together and set up training programmes for delinquent parents.
Forde made a call for the recruitment of additional psychologists arguing that no one should have to wait a year for an appointment with a psychologist.
Referring to the videos sent to her, Forde lamented the fact that many of our schoolgirls in uniforms were fighting like “animals” on the streets.