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Girl, 13 begs public for help
The Children’s Authority of T&T is currently investigating a case in which a teenager claims she is being prostituted by her own mother and whether a woman who has identified herself as the child’s mother as has prostitutes working for her in St James.
The authority launched the probe after the child did a video highlighting her abuse and appealing for help. The video was made by someone who subsequently posted it and video of the teen’s mother on social media.
The videos angered scores of people who subsequently called on the Children’s Authority and the police to rescue the girl. The video has been shared 3,400 times on Facebook as well as on Whatapp.
In the first video which went viral on Thursday night the child begs for help, saying her mother, identified by name, has been forcing her to “make fares” at Murray Street, Woodbrook. Saying she has a troubling background, the teenager said she has been asking for help but no one, including the police, has reached out.
“My mother is sending me on Murray Street to make fares. I am telling police and police not helping me. It is big men and one of them knows my real age and yet he keeps calling and begging my mother to let me come (by him).” The girl claimed she is beaten by her mother if she refuses to have sex with the men.
“This going on three months now and any-time I say I don’t want to go, she either beat me or don’t want to feed me. She does all kinds of things to me.”
The girl showed scars on her foot and neck as proof of the beatings. Saying she did not want to be placed in a children’s home, the teenager revealed that others had taken custody of her but whenever that happened, her mother “made bacchanal” and she was sent back to the abusive home.
In the second video, the woman, believed to be her mother, admitted she had “two or three whores working for me,” but did not address the teen’s allegations.
In a statement yesterday, Children’s Authority communications manager Cheryl Moses-Williams said they received the video and were investigating.
“The authority is appealing to the person who recorded the video, as well as any member of the public who has information regarding the whereabouts of the child, to contact our hotline at 996 or 800-2014. All calls are confidential and can be made anonymously,” Moses-Williams said.
She added, “The public is advised that according to the Children Act (2012), anyone who causes or encourages the prostitution of or sexual penetration of a child, commits an offence and is liable on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for life.”
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