The Child Protection Unit (CPU) of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) is again urging parents and guardians to play a greater, more active role in ensuring their children’s safety, as well as for the public to report instances of child physical and sexual abuse.
The renewed appeal comes as four suspects are expected to appear before Rio Claro, San Fernando, Point Fortin and Scarborough Magistrates, today, after being held for sexual offences against children.
In the first incident, a 24-year-old housewife was arrested by officers of the Eastern Division CPU on one count of abuse of position of trust and familial relationship, and one count of sexual penetration of a child.
The accused who is expected to appear before a Rio Claro Magistrate to answer.
In another incident, a 37-year-old labourer, was arrested by officers of the Southern Division CPU on two counts of sexual penetration of a 10-year-old female victim, which is alleged to have occurred over a period of six months.
The male relative is expected to answer to a San Fernando Magistrate today.
In the South Western Division, a 25-year-old man was arrested and charged for one count of sexual penetration of a 15-year-old female victim.
The suspect is expected to answer to a Point Fortin Magistrate today.
And in the Tobago Division, a 28-year-old woman, who was held while intoxicated in connection with a report of physical abuse to a two-year-old boy, has been charged for one count of wilfully assaulting a child.
The woman is expected to appear before a Scarborough Magistrate today.
The CPU is encouraging the public to help it fulfill its mandate to protect the nation’s children, by reporting cases where children are being hurt, both physically and sexually.
- Parents and guardians are urged to call the Child Protection Secretariat at 621-2588.
- Anyone with information on child abuse should:
- Report it at the nearest police station or via the TTPS App; or
- Contact the 24-hour hotline for the Children’s Authority, toll free, at 996 or 800-2014.