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In high school I had a friend. We were the same age, about 13 in the 1st form.

One day she invited me to her house – somewhere up in Stony Hill. It was a quiet and secluded little neighborhood.

After arriving at her house, she introduced me to her mother. They lived in a little shack away from civilisation. There was a man sitting on the outside of the house but she didn’t introduce me to him.

I surmised that he was her mother’s companion, perhaps my friend’s stepfather. He was an older man, bearded, wearing tattered clothing smoking a spliff. I guessed he was in his 40’s. He didn’t say anything the entire time.

Later, as she was walking me to the bus stop, I asked about the man. She reluctantly told me that he was her boyfriend. He lived there. Her mother knew that they were having a sexual relationship in the house.

That was when I discovered that this was a part of our culture – a mother will openly allow a man to live in her house and sleep with her under-aged daughter. I didn’t say a word to anyone about it and never asked her about it after that.

A 15-year-old girl was recently shot in the face by her so-called boyfriend and I believe the police and child services should hold the mom accountable. I’d say child endangerment. I strongly believe the mom was aware of and condoned her daughter’s relationship with the lowlife that killed her. He was living allegedly at their house part-time.

Mothers in Jamaica have been ‘putting out’ their young daughters to men for a long time. It is time to break the cycle and the authorities should hold parents accountable when the children end up dead as a result of this ‘pimping’ weh a gwaan. Children sometimes make bad decisions, but that’s why they have parents to guide them.

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By Natalee Stack
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