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PM reminds that tougher laws are coming to protect children

Published:Friday | May 8, 2015 | 9:55 AM
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has promised that tougher laws will be introduced to protect children.

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has reiterated her pledge that tougher laws will be introduced to protect children in light of the spate of killings and abuse.

Speaking at yesterday’s launch of the Local Economic Development Support Programme  in Ocho Rios, St Ann, Simpson Miller stressed that the government will not tolerate the current levels of child abuse.

She appealed to parents to play a greater role in their children’s lives and called for communities to join together to protect the nation’s children.

Her comments come against the background of several reports in the media of incidents of child abuse, including cases of murder.

The national security minister recently told the parliament that at least 26 children have been killed since the start of the year.