Is NOC a Sex Camp? More inmates escape claiming sexual harassment

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By Kurt Campbell

Colleen Osborne and Brian Ashby relate their daughter's ordeal at the NOC.
Colleen Osborne and Brian Ashby relate their daughter’s ordeal at the NOC.

[www.inewsguyana.com] – iNews has been informed that some 16 inmates, comprising of both males and females, escaped from the New Opportunity Corps (NOC) in Essequibo a few weeks ago and are now being held at a holding Centre in Sophia, Greater Georgetown as they await a next Court appearance in May.

The parents of one of the female inmates contacted iNews (www.inewsguyana.com) on Tuesday, April 22 claiming that her 15 – year – old daughter reported that she was made to endure sexual harassment by male staffers and older male inmates.

The woman said her daughter, who was taken to the correctional facility for wandering, claims that she escaped following molestation and was subject to further violation after being repossessed four days later.

The parents, who identified themselves as Brian Ashby and Colleen Osborne explained that among their grievance is that instead of the staff at the NOC calling on the police to intervene and go in search of the escaped inmates, they used the older inmates at the institution who it is alleged further sexually molested three female inmates before returning them.

The parents noted that the authorities at the institution never informed them that these children who ranged between ages 14 – 17 were being passed through the Court system and speculated that efforts may have been afoot to cover up the issue.

“She told me she escaped because of sex and then boys came and caught her and had sex with her before taking her back and I’m very upset because they called me other times and they could have called me then too,” the teen’s mother said, adding that her daughter told her there were two other females who were made to endure similar acts.

She said when they visited the institution after learning of what transpired, she was meted with hostility. She also claimed that efforts were made to contact Youth and Culture Minister Dr. Frank Anthony but was always told he was unavailable.

The parents are concerned that this development has the potential to make their daughter and other children criminals.

“They are juveniles, they can’t go through that, she is crying all the time,” the woman added.

Meanwhile, the teen’s father told iNews (www.inewsguyana.com) that “There is a problem at the NOC and they need to deal with it on a serious note, my child goes there to be corrected and they should be treated in a certain manner, not like criminals.”

Efforts to contacts the Dr. Anthony and the NOC all proved futile.

The inmates are reportedly scheduled to return to the Suddie Magistrates’ Court on May 2.

1 COMMENT

  1. this is not nice what going on at n.o.c ,i fell for these children,s some body please help theme my heart hurt just reading this story.

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