According to a Caribbean360 report, Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell, who leads the Criminal Investigations Branch, has indicated that this practice of using the internet to lure victims has become a major concern although a marginal decrease ins sexual offences has been recorded since the commencement of the year.
In a recent press conference, Powell expressed, “The worrying trend is that a lot of youngsters are meeting people on Facebook and are making dates and at these dates they are getting rape and these are young, vulnerable girls and even boys.”
Deputy Superintendent of Police Gloria Davis Simpson, who is in charge of the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA), also expressed concern that females responding to advertisements in the daily newspapers were being targeted. She also disclosed that there has been an increase in the buggery of young boys.
“These young children are targeted sometimes by family members…This is becoming a worrying sign for us as we have seen an increase where the cases of incest have been reported,” she said.
Simpson further indicated that men in the 30 to 40 age group were targeting girls ages 13 to 15, while men 60 years and up were targeting the 11 to 13 year-old girls. In terms of carnal abuse, the senior officer said girls up to 10 years old became the victims of teenage boys.
“It is important that we pay particular attention to the age group which we find to be the most vulnerable and since the beginning of 2011 we would have observed that [those in] the age group 11-15 years have been the main victims in most of these sexual offences,” Deputy Superintendent Simpson said.
The 12 wanted sexual offenders identified are: 20-year-old Anthony Hephard, otherwise called ‘Papa’; 17-year-old Everton McDonald; 20-year-old Anthony Kelly; 35-year-old taxi operator, Marvin Hawthorne; 23-year-old Dimitri Hyatt; 27-year-old Dwayne Francis; 18-year-old Michael McKenzie; 17-year-old Junior Daley; 24-year-old Phillip Parkinson; Remoll Wright; Junior Phipps; and Kimarley Kelleyman.
(Parts of this article were written with content submitted in a Caribbean360 release)