Minister of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna has expressed concern over what she describes as the turning of a blind eye to the abuse of young boys, which has resulted in male prostitution becoming a huge problem in the country.
Speaking at the Webster's Harvest, Hear My Cry Symposium, held at the Webster Memorial United Church in Kingston last Friday, Hanna noted that the issue is becoming increasingly prevalent in connection with persons from upper-income household families.
"There are some harsh realities that we must face in this country. We actually speak to a lot of the street boys now because we are going to be putting in intervention mechanisms for them. The ones in New Kingston, some of them from Back Road in Portmore, who are involved in prostitution," she said.
"When they tell you who their clients are, some of you will be surprised that in some cases it's the 'well-to-do' husbands that they speak about from uptown," Hanna continued.