Strong background checks needed for all people working with children in state care, says Jamaicans for Justice

Petchary's Blog

There has long been a public perception that Jamaica’s most vulnerable children are not being given the care and protection they need. In particular, we seem to be tolerating – or pretending we don’t know – about the predatory habits of older men towards our young girls. It is depressing, and it has been going on for decades. These men prey on young girls, sometimes bearing gifts and benefits (as in this latest sensational case) and sometimes under the guise of religion. There are lurid details from the Office of the Children’s Advocate’s report (which has been sentto the police) on the latest, deeply disturbing revelations – about“Uncle Carl,”an American whose educational license was suspended in his own country in 2016, and who ended up here. The allegations are shocking, and so is the reported inaction by the Child Protection and Family Service Agency (CPFSA).

It seems…

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