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Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police with responsibility for crime-fighting, Trevor Bailey in a Nov. 6, 2023 photo.
Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police with responsibility for crime-fighting, Trevor Bailey in a Nov. 6, 2023 photo.

A senior police officer says that increasing the age of consent will make criminals of many of the nation’s juveniles, adding that what is needed is more parental guidance.

The age of consent in St. Vincent and the Grenadines is 15 years old and some people have been calling for it to be increased to 18, the age of majority.

On Thursday, acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Trevor “Buju” Bailey, who is in charge of the nation’s crime-fighting strategy, said on Hot 97 FM that many of the police investigations into “missing” teen girls leads to sexual offences charges.

Responding to a question, Bailey said that he would not like to see the age of consent increase, adding that if it is raised to 18, 17, or even 16, this would lead to the criminalisation of many of the nation’s youths.

“… because a lot of sex takes place before the age of 18,” Bailey said. “A lot of our young people are engaged in sexual activity.

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“… if we are seeing 200 reports yearly at 15, if we carry it to 18, we will be seeing close to 400 and a lot of our young men will be arrested. So, let us not run away from it, school children are engaging themselves in sexual activities pretty early.”

Bailey said he is still the officer in charge of the Sexual Offences Unit.

“These children are at their experimental stage in life. So, parental guidance — who they associate themselves — with is very important. So, we will have to say to our young — not only our girls — because we pay a lot of attention to our girls, we try to fence the girls, but we leave the boys on the loose. So mommy will not allow the daughter to be outside after 7:30 but the boy can come home at 10 o’clock. What is he doing on the street at 10?” Bailey said.

Bailey, who is a parent of a teenage daughter, urged parents “to have that conversation, don’t be afraid.

“Because, at primary school, when you and I were small, we couldn’t speak anything about sex…  But nowadays at the primary school, sex is being taught, so they are exposed to it pretty early. Sometimes, if they don’t receive the right guidance, they’re going to engage in what they are being taught at school. So, we have to be careful,” Bailey said.

7 replies on “More parental guidance not higher age of consent needed, senior cop says”

  1. What foolishness is he talking if two 16 year old are having sex it is not a crime it would be a crime when an 19 year old have sex with an 17 year old didn’t matter if the female is the older she can be charged for statutory rap.

  2. Trevor Buju Bailey what are you inferring i am all for making St Vincent safer especially for Teen age children. There is something call statutory rape and one of your men, Buju, a junior Constable, Strongson Soleyn was recently charged in an alleged rape case. The government will have to build bigger jails to accommodate even your men […]. Accordingly, as the old adage say who has glass window don’t throw stones.

  3. What is needs getting more sex education in the classroom under the guise of Health, wellness and life skills. Parents are not always around their children.

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  4. Well as regards the observation of World AIDS Day on December 1st it was posited that teenagers are the frontrunners carrying HIV AIDS in SVG nowadays. The other mushrooming reality is that SVG is running out of virgins.

  5. Trevor as usual in his nonsensical charade that defiles logic. This man a senior police officer who is the chief crime fighting guru, thinks and acts like an invalid. No wonder why our security is in such a mess and crimes go unsolved. The man is brainless, his rudimentary education is telling.

  6. Aaron Archibald says:

    Bailey I don’t know him , however, he speaks like a moron, someone who lacks Grey matter. He must first think.before he speaks.

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