Women miners rescue four teenage girls from sexual slavery at mining camp – 22nd Apr 2013
Over the weekend, women miners rescued four teenage girls from a mining camp in region 7, where they were reportedly being held against their will and sold for sex by owners of the mining camp. The opposition raised the alarm in the National Assembly, asking the Government to take urgent action.
Parliamentarians were also unhappy with the way girls who are rescued from such situations are treated. The girls who are rescued over the weekend were forced to overnight on a bench at the Bartica Police Station, after Police said they could not provide the security to keep watch at a house, where the girls were offered accommodation by a member of the Women Miners’ Association.
One of the girls who was rescued claimed that while she was in Georgetown on holiday, she was enticed into working in the interior at a mining camp by a Police officer. She was taken to work on a mining camp, but was soon forced into sex work. When she escaped on a truck, she was offered help at another mining camp, where she was also forced to have sex with men and hand over what money she made to the owners of the mining camp. The same mining camp from which she was rescued. The Prime Minister Samuel Hinds pledged the Government’s commitment to stamp out trafficking in persons.
The Women Miners’ Association was hailed for their efforts to rescue children from situations of child labour and prostitution.