Barbados Underground is committed to cover issues which often escape the full attention of traditional media. It is a nasty job when one has to peer at the underbelly of anything on a frequent basis. One of the negatives emanating from what we do is the tendency to get bog down by all that ails Barbados and the world. To be honest members of the BU household get depress sometimes when we have to update the blog with some of the content. The worst feeling we get is when we have to write negatively about issues affecting young people. This blog is one of the hardest we have had to produce to date.
At a recent youth forum in Barbados BU was made privy to some of the conversations between the parties. For obvious reasons we have sanitized the exchanges to protect the first, second and third formers who participated many who wear the label of problem children. The forum discussed teen pregnancy.
One of the second formers described how she and her sisters participate in sex with grown men. The men contributed to the household. One can draw their own conclusions. In another case a third form student spoke to the relationship which her friend has with a 39 year old married man. Money is exchanged with the full knowledge of her parents.
Enough is revealed in the two cases to paint a picture of what we have to confront as a society. BU is convinced we are not talking about isolated cases. Who should we deal with first, the parents or the children? Before BU is accused of being complicit in a crime be aware representatives from the Child Care Board were present and we have to assume by now appropriate steps have been taken to address matters arising from the alarming revelations.
What purpose does it serve to play down the condition of the underbelly of Barbados society if it is in an advanced state of decay because the expedient thing to do is to be ‘balanced’. All over Barbados in many working class districts the scourge of drugs supported by undesirable sub cultures have taken root. Many of our journalists need to infiltrate the bloc circle and connect with the underground society which middleclass Barbados wants to ignore.
Another matter to raise concern: recently a man was arrested for being in possession of a rifle, BU understands he and his wife have been importing a drug plant food and selling to young children. The effect of the plant drug is that it enhances the sexual desire of the person who ‘licks’ it. It has been suggested that a recent kidnapping is linked to the same plant drug to acquire nude pictures. Simply disgusting!
Another happening which has grabbed our attention, an enterprising Barbadian concern has launched a website and started the process of soliciting pictures from Barbadians engaged in sex scenes. A check of the website shows that it is is being regularly updated with pictures allegedly of Barbadians.
The depressing scene which has been painted does not mean we don’t have positive young people in society, what it means is we have some negative elements taking root which could act to upset the apple cart. We need to act now.