‘Ten-year-olds getting pregnant’

Government Senator David Durant today warned that too many of the island’s youth were being driven to a life of violence and crime by parents who abandoned them.

Citing statistics which showed that 7, 808 children were neglected between 2002 and 2015, Durant argued that some of these children ended up on the blocks where they were introduced to guns and illegal drugs.

“If they are being neglected by the ones who are to shepherd them and the rulers on the block decide to take them in and to give them a little money in their hands then they will come in and grow up in that culture and begin to be trained along that line that will lead them to criminal activities,” Durant said this afternoon in his contribution to the debate on the Domestic Violence (Protection Orders) (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

The senator also complained that a number of pre-teen girls got pregnant “from time to time” and no one was charged with sexual crimes against these children.

“[There are] ten-year-old or an 11-year-old [girls who get] pregnant and that is not right. Where is the right of that child? This cannot continue.

“A part of this legislation is that everyone who knowingly knows of such incidences and has not made a report to the Child Care Board is guilty of a fine or could be jailed,” he declared.

The legislator warned doctors, lawyers, teachers, principals, neighbours and other responsible citizens that it was mandatory for them to “speak out when things like this happen”, stressing that,  “any child being molested at this level, it is all of our business. We are our brother’s keeper and we have to protect the children of our nation.”

Durant quoted statistics previously revealed by Minister of Social Care Steve Blackett when he introduced the Bill in the House, which showed that an alarming number of Barbadian children were physically or sexually abused.

“Now, fellow Senators and Madam President, this cannot continue . . . many children in this country are crying out for help and we have to be the voice for the voiceless,” he insisted.

13 Responses to ‘Ten-year-olds getting pregnant’

  1. G.G Billingy
    G.G Billingy February 18, 2016 at 5:52 am

    Under whose watch??? Where do they live & with whom??? Is this a lawless society??Money spent to finger print persons entering & leaving BGI could help to manage that problem.

  2. Stanton Peace
    Stanton Peace February 18, 2016 at 6:42 am

    pregnant 10 year old children in Barbados,is this true or is this man playing politics again?

  3. Gina Harewood
    Gina Harewood February 18, 2016 at 7:04 am

    Just a few days ago .I was reading a article. About a 13 year old girl. A 40 something pervert a man sleeping with a child and the bajan police letting it gwan
    The pervert is still walking the streets of Barbados its disgusting

    • Ashanda Coward
      Ashanda Coward February 18, 2016 at 8:06 am

      So true and they just living easy so

    • Gina Harewood
      Gina Harewood February 18, 2016 at 8:12 am

      The police needs to hang there heads in shame letting a vile evil pedophile walking free its disgusting. He could never walk the streets of UK he’d be begging the police to lock up his backside

  4. Wayne P Hoyte
    Wayne P Hoyte February 18, 2016 at 7:09 am

    isn’t underage pregnancy in our society see as a result of child abuse or statutory rape? if so why seen in not seen in the same light as if a child was beaten, fondled or abandoned??? I guess that is how F up our society is

  5. Cheryl A Rollins
    Cheryl A Rollins February 18, 2016 at 7:16 am

    How about castrating the men that pregnate these babies. Better yet death by stoning at the Garrison Savannah. The arrogance of some men offends me. smdh

  6. Alex Alleyne February 18, 2016 at 8:36 am

    Ten and eleven year old girls getting pregnant . Teen age girls running away from home at will . You in the SENATE know it , but yet these MEN who take advantage of these BABIES go unpunished ,plus these Females that leave home , then return later and its “back to business as usual” . You never hear of any ADULT being CHARGED for anything.

  7. Bobo February 18, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Female child getting pregnant at ten years –her rights to a descent livelihood is violated, abuse and rape these are world wide crimes against the innocence – the custodian and the perpetrator –taking a long holiday behind four square walls (prison).

    What ever happen to so-called Christian minded Bajans and their Government.

  8. Maureen Smith February 18, 2016 at 10:29 am

    I once heard a Barbadian mother state that a 7 year old girl who was raped and murdered was ‘force ripe’ from time. Perhaps this is a view that is shared by those who have for FAR TOO LONG sat back and allowed young girls and boys to be sexually abused without the perpetrators ever having to spend a single day in prison. It is utterly disgraceful!

  9. jrsmith February 18, 2016 at 11:16 am

    I blame ,all of the mistakes and failures in our society, by the hands of our politicians, who fail most people in our, them and us society. the them and us society, is destroying bajan families, which then becomes, so class continuous, and selfish..

    We are so moral, so law abiding, so Christian minded, so religious ,so god fearing. and so lawless, our young kids being assaulted, some even dying, which seems to be of little concern, to some deceited families, who knows more than they are saying, and then the so authorities, who seems to have taken on jobs above their heads. And the politicians, who should stay asleep, and not say anything.

    Bajans is a bunch of deceited, people, you cannot expect , anything better from people ,who defraud the government, lying to themselves, putting most bajan lives at risk, every day, how do they sleep at night, how do they face they god, when more than 30000 plus car owners, don’t insure they cars, and the other lot who have fake number plates.. all lethal weapons as like the gun, to maim and kill .. God bless us all Amen..

  10. queen majesty February 20, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    Well I didn’t think those things happen in Barbados,I mean it is always Jamaica and Jamaicans that behave in pervert and disgusting behaviour with under age girls. But low and behold. The bajans also need to look at themselves and clean up their
    Own backyard. I mean Dem think seh Dem a little England, and better than every other island. But all Dem doing is keeping up the slackness like everyone else. Enough. Said.

  11. Joel Savage October 31, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    There is no way that children will subject themselves to pressure, suffering, or be getting pregnant in the society unless they grow up in broken homes. A child needs his or her parents and when they are not available they are forced to do many dangerous things they don’t even consider dangerous. This is the reason street children are increasing. Parents that have no time for children shouldn’t bring them into this world to suffer. I don’t blame the children but the parents.


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