This week, a Belizean shopkeeper was given five years in jail after being convicted for having sex with a 14-year-old minor. When the girl told her mother, the shopkeeper offered to pay the girl’s school fees if she did not report the incident. This concept of financial benefit is often seen in cases of the “Sugar Daddy” syndrome, where impoverished families push their school-aged children to provide sexual favors to wealthy older men in exchange for school fees or money. In this scenario, the family refused his offer, and the perpetrator now faces jail time as a result. Read more here: http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/84578.
Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.
The Sugar Daddy syndrome continues to affect children in Belize. In fact, according to some studies, there is a clear “correlation between parents’ inability to make ends meet and the sexual exploitation of young girls” (Gayle and Mortis, 2010).
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