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PNP's Crawford calls for special action against child killers

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — People's National Party (PNP) Shadow Minister of Youth, Senator Damion Crawford, is calling for “urgent and decisive action against child killers in Jamaica”, including designating them enemies of the state.

In a statement today, following the report of the killing of 14-year-old Raven Wilson over last weekend, the senator urged legislative changes to provide for additional charges against child killer suspects.

He wants changes made to minimum sentencing and the creation of a special police unit to hunt child killers and bring them to justice.

Crawford said that in his opinion, crimes against children are becoming too heinous and frequent because the perpetrators perceive little risk of being caught and therefore they act with impunity. He said that the overall fight against crime should include increasing the risk for the criminals, starting with crimes against children.

The PNP shadow minister said that pressure must be put on the government to find ways of reflecting the society's demand to protect the most vulnerable and strengthen the child protection agencies.

Crawford noted that almost 40 children have been murdered in 2018 and “all their blood would have been spilt in vain if the entire society, led by the government, is not called to action to ensure a safe environment for our young citizens, who are Jamaica's future”.

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