Some persons are trying to ensure that a man who had sex with an 11-year-old girl from a village in North Windward and made a video of it is brought to justice.
However, they have expressed frustration that the girl’s mother is not willing to co-operate with state authorities.
In the 32-second video, obtained by I-Witness News, the man videotapes himself having sex with the girl, who is naked from the waist down.
The girl, who is lying on a bed, while the man is standing, does not seem to be resisting the sexual encounter.
The illegal act takes place in a dark room and the video is illuminated using what appears to be the light on the device with which the video was recorded.
The girl’s face can be clearly seen at one point in the video, but the man’s face is not shown.
An activist, who is among the persons trying to ensure that the man is brought to justice, said persons familiar with the situation told him about the crime.
I-Witness News understands that the man in the video was arrested by police then later released.
The activist said that the girl’s mother is not willing to co-operate with state authorities.
The activist told I-Witness News that the incident is indicative of a wider problem in the area, where persons frequently have sex with underage girls.
I-Witness News was told that some persons who have certain professional responsibilities for the care of underage girl from time to time, are also engaged in sexual relationship with some of these girls.
One man is said to have regularly travelled to the Grenadines with an underage girl with whom he was involved in a sexual relationship, pretending that she is his daughter.
I-Witness News was told that persons who are willing to speak out, are often on the receiving end of “cussing”, and money is often used to silence parents or guardians of underage girls against whom such crimes are committed.
“It’s like knocking your head against bricks, but I am working on this one,” the activist told I-Witness News.
The girl in the video, who will turn 12 sometime soon, is a student at one of the nation’s secondary school.