The following story appeared in the Star News today march 18th human trafficking has been becoming an issue here is Jamaica but to now see it show up on the grounds of paedophilia or ephebophilia is very disturbing. The problem with articles like this although written far better than some we have seen from the publication is that the public walks away with the same old notion as developed and fed by tabloids that male homosexuality is mostly predatory in nature and that men go after boys for inappropriate sexual contact, the publications and by extension the Jamaican LGBT advocates do not stop to put the issues into proper context and also ask if any psychiatric evaluations are done on both the victim(s) and alleged perpetrator(s) to determine what is really happening in the respective cases. In essence another reason is put forward here to justify that battyman fi dead in other words.
If the story is true as we have doubted previous stories from this and other tabloids then we have a serious issue here and maybe we as LGBT people have to be vigilant to put a stop to other men who engage in paedophilia or ephebophilia only for the strong homo negative backlash to hit us due to their actions. We may have to begin to literally hand over or point out those who are proven to be involved in these inappropriate acts with underage boys. I hope the investigations are properly done and the necessary psychiatric interventions done for the boys involved, my heart bleeds to read stories like this.
One thing is bothering me regarding the story is that the age of boys involved was not said which makes it harder to determine if we are dealing with paedophilia or ephebophilia which are different issues based on the age of the victims.
Have a read of the story and determine the issues for yourself.
The police are now seeking a man believed to be the mastermind behind the trafficking of young boys into a sex trade throughout the Corporate Area.
Information reaching THE WEEKEND STAR is that the man operates under the disguise of being a good Samaritan who expresses interest in assisting underprivileged and displaced boys, but his true intentions are later displayed when he introduces the boys to other men for sex.
Sergeant Troy Irons from the New Kingston Police Post said that the man is responsible for trafficking underage males from several sections of the island. “He rents apartments and put up persons, mostly young males, depressed youths, people who want things,” he said.
The man is believed to rent about two apartments at a time. It is alleged that at least five boys are housed in each.
Irons divulged that an operation was carried out recently at one of the apartments located in the Corporate Area. However, when the police reached the location, the man had already fled the scene. After a search of the premises only one young male was found. He was taken in for questioning by the police.
THE WEEKEND STAR also understands that the man is also wanted for larceny from a dwelling.
Allegations are that on October 1 a report was made that he had stolen several items from one of the apartments rented to him. “When he is leaving he takes small appliances from the dwellings,” Irons remarked.
The man is believed to frequent the areas of New Kingston, Montego Bay, Old Harbour and May Pen.
A source who claimed to have heard about the practices of the man expressed his disgust to the WEEKEND STAR.
“The man look bout the likkle bwoy dem … the boy nasty yuh see man. Me seh anytime me hole him yuh see … anytime me hole him is a day like today,” the source commented.
Just recently, a group of law students of the University Of the West Indies urged local authorities to give more focus on human trafficking in Jamaica.
David Brown, chairman of logistics for the human-trafficking committee at the institution, had said the issue of human trafficking is not given the attention it deserves and more should be done to address the issue.
As a result, a number of students from the faculty took to the street last week Thursday, armed with placards and banners, sending messages that persons should discontinue the act.
Ephebophilia vs Paedophilia & Male Homosexuality
Ephebophilia or hebephilia refers to the sexual preference for adolescents around 15-19 years of age. Experts use specific terms for age preferences: ephebophilia to refer to the sexual preference for late adolescents, hebephilia to refer the sexual preference for pubescent persons, and pedophilia to refer to the sexual preference for prepubescent persons. The term pedophilia, however, has also been used colloquially to refer broadly to sexual interest in minors, regardless of their level of physical development.
Ephebophilia is not listed as a paraphilia in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR), unlike pedophilia, which is categorized as a disorder in the manual.
Pedophilia or paedophilia has a range of definitions as found in psychology, law enforcement, and the popular vernacular. As a medical diagnosis, it is defined as a psychological disorder in which an adult experiences a sexual preference for prepubescent children.According to the DSM, pedophilia is specified as a form of paraphilia in which a person either has acted on intense sexual urges towards children, or experiences recurrent sexual urges towards and fantasies about children that cause distress or interpersonal difficulty. The disorder is frequently a feature of persons who commit child sexual abuse.
Nicholas Groth is a pioneer in the scientific study of sexual offenders against women and children, who has treated over 3000 child molesters over the course of two decades. A former director of the Sex Offender Program at the Connecticut Department of Corrections, Groth is the author of Men Who Rape: Psychology of the Offender, a work widely regarded as a classic textbook on the psychology of sexual violence.
He concurred in a recent debate on homosexuality vs paedophilia that Homosexuality and homosexual pedophilia are not synonymous. In fact, it may be that these two orientations are mutually exclusive, the reason being that the homosexual male is sexually attracted to masculine qualities whereas the heterosexual male is sexually attracted to feminine characteristics, and the sexually immature child’s qualities are more feminine than masculine. . . . The child offender who is attracted to and engaged in adult sexual relationships is heterosexual. It appears, therefore, that the adult heterosexual male constitutes a greater sexual risk to underage children than does the adult homosexual male.
Peace and tolerance