Police, Child Care Agency investigating sexual exploitation of Teen by mother

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By Tracey Khan – Drakes

[www.inewsguyana.com] –An allegation of sexual exploitation by a 15 year-old -girl against her mother continues to be investigated by police in ‘B’ Division, according to Divisional Commander, Brian Joseph.

This follows the teen’s revelation that she was forced into the lifestyle of a sex slave by her mother in exchange for money by her abusers. So far, a prominent businessman and a police detective are among those accused of raping the teen.

Joseph told iNews that investigations are almost completed and the file will be sent to the Chambers of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for advice on Thursday March 12.

When asked if the family’s alleged financial settlement of the matter with the businessman will have any bearings on their case, the Commander made it clear that the final say lies with the DPP since sexual offence matters are treated seriously by the Force.

According to reports, the teen lived with her mother in the East Canje, Berbice area and after being forced continually by the mother to sleep with men for money, she ran away to her father who lives on the Corentyne area.

It was then that she related to her father what was happening and a report was made, following which an investigation was launched.

The businessman was detained and gave police a statement; he was then placed on bail, however the detective was only called in for questioning.

It was then reportedly agreed by the two parties to settle the matter for $500,000, which was paid over to the family.

This decision by the teen’s parents to settle the matter is not sitting well with some relatives who are demanding justice for the underage girl.

When contacted, Director of the Child Care & Protection Agency, Ann Greene told iNews that the teen remains in the care of her father. Greene said the normal procedure for the Agency when dealing with matters of this nature is to remove the child from the care of any of the parents caught to be compromising the safety of the child.

She also made it clear that the Sexual Offences Act does not allow for settlement in cases such as these.