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16 year old among several rescued

TIPThe Cuyuni Mazaruni area, located in Region Seven, is known for its gold mines, but before striking gold, you first have to make it pass violent waters.

With the mining sector attracting more persons these waters are no challenge for some young people especially underage girls.

A 16 year old girl was one of several others rescued by the Guyana Women Miners Organisation just last week.

This teenage mother ventured into the mining area of Aranka just off the Cuyuni River about a week ago with the hope of changing her life by earning enough money to take of herself and her baby girl.

Her mother did not allow her to do and abortion, and she dropped out of school. She saw the gold mines as her only option to make a living.

Making a living was not the only reason to head out to the mines. She also complained of abuse at home; something she said her other siblings faced as well. If given a second chance, she says she would like to fulfill her dream of becoming a nurse.

Young girls like this 15 year old are easily taken advantage of while in the mining communities of the interior; and are tricked into selling their bodies for money.

Four other girls were also rescued by the women miner’s group. Broken social care systems and the failure of the Guyana Police Force to carry out proper surveillance in mining communities is what allow underage girls to continue in these dangerous situations.

Last month, the Women Miners made public their first detailed report on 20 young girls they rescued from the mines, hoping to lift the veil of what they see as modern day slavery in Guyana.

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