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Jun 13, 2016

Ministry of Health Responds to Video of Sexual Exploitation

Today, the Ministry of Health issued an urgent and scathing release condemning the exploitation of vulnerable persons. It’s a very specific condemnation, referring to a disturbing video which has been making the social media and internet rounds. It shows two persons, allegedly with mental disorders, being instructed to perform sexual acts with the promise of a coke as a reward. Because the images are too racy, we will not show them in our newscast. Disturbing, senseless and inhumane in the extreme…and the Ministry of Health agrees, stating that it is, “appalled at this assault on human dignity and is dismayed that these persons felt comfortable enough to record and share this video to further humiliate this couple and their families.”  The voices of the persons giving the instructions can be clearly heard, and today we asked Assistant Commissioner of Police Chester Williams if they could be criminally liable for their despicable actions.

 

Chester Williams

ACP Chester Williams, Commander, Eastern Division South

“I do not know if the persons in the video are homeless. I know for a fact there is a law against the proliferation of pornographic materials and the video is posted, I was told, on Facebook. I don’t know. And if one should post any pornographic material on any social media site or anywhere in public, they can be charged but the difficulty we’ll have in instituting charges against those persons will be to prove that they are the ones who actually posted it on the net. And we know that if we are to approach those person, they will say it is not me—someone hacked my Facebook page or they’ll find some excuse to get out of it and we will not be able to prove that they are the ones that actually did it. So there is where the technicalities will come in as to how we would move forward with that investigation. Now as it relates to the fact that the persons are homeless, there is still nothing there that we will be able to deal with them because they are adults. Now if they were children and we had people who are coercing children to engage in sexual intercourse, then that’s a different thing. But in this case, they are adults. Unless we can prove then that these adults are not of a sane mind, then a different thing will come into play then; then we will be able to deal with them. But in the absence of us proving that they are of a sane mind, then again, there is nothing that we can do from a police standpoint.”

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