Monday 24 February, 2020

Spice: Pedophiles may soon flock to Barbados

(File Photo)

(File Photo)

Head of the Adult Industry Association (AIA), Charlie Spice believes Barbados is at risk of becoming a sex tourism destination which attracts pedophiles.

The risk, Spice noted, was due to the growing trend of increased sexual activity amongst school-aged girls over the past two to three years.

“… countless numbers of videos have been circulating via Whatsapp and other social media platforms, depicting school girls in Barbados performing sexual acts.”

Spice said for years, minors have been sexually exploited by local men, adding few of them have ever been prosecuted for the “heinous acts”.

He also said with the videos of child pornography floating around on the internet, it won’t be long before “a global demand is created for little Bajan boys and girls”.

"These videos are not only circulated within Barbados. Unfortunately they are also shared worldwide, thus bringing Barbados to the attention of pedophiles and sex traffickers who are always looking for new destinations to exploit children. Today, Barbados is on target to be renowned as the country with the highest rate of underage sex in schools and the number one sex tourism destination in the Caribbean for pedophiles.”

Spice questioned the actions of the parents in protecting minors and he issued an appeal to the Ministry of Education, the Royal Barbados Police Force, the Immigration Department and the Child Care Board to “develop and implement realistic interventions and sustainable solutions to address these issues”.

“It is time for the Barbadian society to stop burying their heads in the sand and recognize that this problem is not isolated to a handful of kids who happen to get caught up via videos on social media. Sexual activity among minors in Barbados is an island wide problem with secondary schools and to a lesser extent primary schools. The impact is no longer just the spread of STI’s and teenage pregnancies. Child prostitution and sex trafficking are now a reality and continue to grow exponentially on the island.”

He added the AIA stands ready and willing to assist in the fight against underage sexual activity.

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