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Child gyrating to dancehall music disturbs youth advocate

Published:Thursday | April 30, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Child-rights advocate Betty-Ann Blaine is expressing outrage over a video being circulated in social media of a child gyrating to dancehall music while being handed sums of money.

The video of the girl, who appears to be about five years old, is being circulated on Facebook and other social media sites.

The clip, which is over four minutes long, shows the child gyrating in the street to the delight of a large group of men, women and children.

The child is cheered on by the crowd, members of which can be seen handing the child money or placing it in her clothes.

It could not be ascertained exactly where in Jamaica the video was shot.

In one scene, the child invites another little girl to join her.

Blaine believes that the mother and father of the child should be charged for negligence in relation to the matter.

She also said the child in the video is in need of protection and should be put in state protection or foster care.

Blaine said a message must be sent to those who abuse children or put them in harm's way.