PM Says She’ll Implement Stricter Laws if Crime Against Children Continues

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Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller, says she’s taking a zero tolerance approach to the abuse of the nation’s children.

Speaking yesterday in St. Ann, the Prime Minister says that if the abuse continues, her government will review the laws which concern the welfare and wellbeing of children.

She’s calling on community members to unite in the fight against child abuse and murder, which has been rampant in the population.

Mrs. Simpson Miller is also encouraging Jamaicans to return to the days of allowing communities to raise the nation’s children.

She says this will give life to the popular African proverb which says, ‘it takes a village to raise a child’.

The Prime Minister says Jamaicans have a responsibility to the children.

She says united communities protect their children.

Mrs. Simpson Miller says in her position as the country’s leader, she will not condone the abuse of any child, anywhere in the island.

Police reports since the start of the year indicate that approximately 30 children have been murdered in several incidents.

The Youth Minister, Lisa Hanna has invited persons with information on child abuse to report such incidents by calling the toll free number, 1-888-PROTECT.