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WHAT THE LAW SAYS:
STREET SCENES from Page A11 Runaway children exchange
sex to get $$ for food, clothes
Adrian Alexander, president of the Caribbean
Umbrella Body for Restorative Behaviour, said pros-
titution of street children has been going on in T&T
"This has been taking place a long time and is
what we term as survival sex: runaway children who
are on the streets and engaging in sexual activity for
money to buy clothes and food itself. It is either cash
or kind being offered to them in exchange for sexual
services," he said.
Alexander said many of the children were brought
before the court.
"Some are children who are beyond control. They
dance in clubs, private parties, and places in neigh-
bourhoods and gated communities."
He said perpetrators prey on the children, take
them during school hours and return them. Alexander
said sometimes the child may feel obligated or fearful
of the adult and lured by money.
"Under the law a child can t consent," he pointed
out. "Men come during the day and they have these
places...(afterwards) they could go back at school
and with their peers."
Gated communities, streets in Woodbrook, micro
or "roving" brothels are used, Alexander said.
"It moves regularly. They move them from apart-
ment to apartment and then they rent another apart-
ment. There is more money to be made selling sex
with a child than an adult. There are issues of teens
being sexualised. They are being abused and police
"We created a culture where money is king and
because of the videos on TV, we have corrupted our
The Children Act
5. (1) If any person causes or procures any child
or young person, or, having the custody, charge, or
care of a child or young person, allows that child
or young person, to be in any street, premises, or
place for the purpose of begging or receiving
alms, or of inducing the giving of alms, whether or
not there is any pretence of singing, playing,
dancing, performing, offering anything for sale, or
otherwise, that person is liable, on summary
conviction, to a fine of $1,000 or alternatively, or
in addition thereto, to imprisonment for three
7. (1) If any person having the custody, charge,
or care of a child or young person between the
ages of four and 16 allows that child or young
person to reside in or to frequent a brothel, he is
liable, on conviction on indictment or summarily,
to a fine of $1,000, or alternatively, or in default of
payment of such fine, or in addition thereto, to
imprisonment for six months.
8. (1) If any person having the custody, charge,
or care of a child or young person under the age
of 16 years causes or encourages the seduction or
prostitution or unlawful carnal knowledge of that
child or young person, he is liable, on conviction on
indictment, to imprisonment for five years.
(2) For the purpose of this section, a person is
deemed to have caused or encouraged the
seduction or prostitution or unlawful carnal
knowledge (as the case may be) of a child or
young person who has been seduced or has
become a prostitute or has been unlawfully
carnally known, if he knowingly allowed the child
or young person to consort with, or to enter or
continue in the employment of, any prostitute or
person of known immoral character.
9. (1) Where it is shown to the satisfaction of a
magistrate, on the complaint of any person, that a
child or young person under the age of 16 years is,
with the knowledge of her parent or guardian,
exposed to the risk of seduction or prostitution or
of being unlawfully carnally known or living a life
or living a life of prostitution, the magistrate may
adjudge her parent or guardian to enter into a
recognisance to exercise due care and supervision
in respect of the child or young person.
children minds and we have created a hole
for child prostitution."
He says his organisation has focused its
efforts on raising the issues, prevention, and
training people to deal with these issues.
But little is known about the true extent of
"We are calling on the Government to
research this, because we need to know the
statistics. We hear about foreigners but we
don t focus on our own boys and girls as
it relates to trafficking."
He said child pornography also covers
many areas such as taking photographs of
naked children and distributing them to
How do the police deal with these chil-
"The police just pick them up and charge
them with loitering, and they may get sent
to a children s home. When they hit 18 and
they leave, they are still homeless and have
Alexander said after they leave the insti-
tutions, the same people who were using
them before may want to continue to cap-
italise on them.
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