Hermangild Francis says mothers trafficking girls

Declaring that persons may take umbrage to what he was saying, Home Affairs Minister Hermangild Francis has said that it is a fact that some mothers here are actually trafficking their children. “This is a situation where persons are actually using the young girls to get an income,” he declared.

Francis said it is only when the pregnancy arises then there is an outcry. “I mean if you really go and investigate these things, there are young girls sleeping in certain areas of Castries at 13 and 14 – going to school’ He stated. Francis said the girls are living with their grandparents while men frequent the houses and overnight there. He spoke of the need to educate mothers and young women. “As a society we need to speak with one voice” Francis said.

The Minister spoke against the backdrop of the case of a pregnant 12 year old girl.

The Times broke the story.

Francis has said that the police are not taking the rape of the 12 year old girl lightly. The child is 3 months pregnant. Her mother told the Times today that the 12 year old is very ill. The police have been criticized by relatives of the pregnant child for not arresting the rapist. The perpetrator has been identified by the relatives as a 32 year old ‘trusted’ family friend. They have expressed concern that he could skip the country. However Hermangild Francis has said that there must be due process.

The former Deputy Commissioner explained that before the police can move in and make an arrest a report must be made.”Only over the weekend I think the police were able to speak with her and convince the mother to be able to give a statement,” Francis told reporters today. He said now that there is a statement there may be inconsistencies in the statement. “The police cannot just go out and arrest and charge people and as a result of inconsistencies you allow this guy to walk” the Minister disclosed. He spoke of the need for thorough investigation and consultation with the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions which can then indicate that there is sufficient evidence so that an arrest can them be made.

Francis declared that he was sure that the police understand that he will be at them constantly to ensure that the matter of the pregnant 12 year old girl is thoroughly investigated.


  1. Trump
    October 31, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    Well at least now we have someone in high places acknowledging that mothers in some cases “traffic” their daughters into these things. Hmmm, let’s see what’s next then?

  2. Truething
    October 31, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    Well said cause indeed they are mother’s doin that crap

  3. Anonymous
    October 31, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    If I were a defense lawyer , I would be salivating at these “inconsistencies” Hermangild refers to. He needs to stop talking and interfering in cases.

    1. Anonymous
      November 1, 2016 at 12:42 pm

      How has he interfered in these cases?

  4. Shervon matthew
    October 31, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    We need to pray for this country

    1. Shady
      November 5, 2016 at 9:25 am

      Stop being sacrilegious… There is a church on every street corner in st Lucia and trust me they do pray for different aspects of the of society and I believe there are people whom genuinely want there good to happen. Yet nothing haven’t changed. Lemme advice you. Prayer is bull… Education and communication works.. The evidence speaks for itself

  5. Shervon matthew
    October 31, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    We need to pray for this country

  6. Valencia
    October 31, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    Well said Mr Francis! Some of these so called mothers smh… a lot of them use the kids to get money!! Three months pregnant and a fella that sleep with you one time is the father??? Only in Saint Lucia avaiatay with these children and their lies

    1. Anonymous
      October 31, 2016 at 7:45 pm

      avaiatay with your ignorance. Yes once is all it take (Word omitted)

    2. Anonymous
      November 1, 2016 at 4:44 pm

      It only takes one time to get pregnant. Are you a woman or a man? making this kind of statement, SMH.

  7. Sad-But-True
    November 1, 2016 at 12:17 am

    Smh. Francis, where is your data to prove this? Or are you just talking out of your (Expression removed) to give the illusion that you are doing something about it. Smh.

  8. The truth
    November 1, 2016 at 1:40 am

    They already know is a family friend, I am sure the girl said it was him, so arrest him hear his side of the story, does not matter if she wanted to have sex or not.
    They waiting for baby to be born to take a dna?

  9. Anonymous
    November 1, 2016 at 5:07 am

    I take umbrage with mr Hermangild clouding issues here. The story we are concerned here with is a 12 year old made pregnant by a family friend who is himself older than 12. However in his opening mr hermangild says that “mothers here are actually trafficking their children”, implying therefore that, that may well be the case here. Give me strength!

  10. take a stance
    November 1, 2016 at 5:16 am

    According to the law is illegal for any one above the age of 17 to have sex with a minor. This guy is 32 years old and had sex with a 12 years old child (minor). Whether it was rape or not he should have been arrested already. And following an investigation needed charges be brought against him. The fact that this guy is still roaming the streets says that it is ok for an adult to have sex with a child. Well it is not. Too many times adults get away with damaging our young children, teenagers, future. It is time for us to be the voices of our children. Don’t let this guy get away with it. Don’t arrest this pervert for getting the child pregnant, but for having sex with a minor, that is and should have been the first charge against him. Every thing else will follow. And if this is a case of trafficking every adult involved should be held accountable. It’s time we take a stance against this and let everyone know how serious this is.

  11. Anon1
    November 1, 2016 at 10:03 am

    Mr Francis do yourself and the Government of St Lucia a favour by 1. not doing live interviews and answering questions.

    2. Have one of your PSs review whatever statement you will be making in public.

    That said, ” ……….has said that it is a FACT that some mothers here are actually trafficking their children.”

    That means you have evidence that some mothers do the above (am not saying it doesn’t happen) however can you tell us Lucians how many cases have been brought to the courts where mothers are soliciting their children!

    Finally, it’s not “trafficking” it’s SOLICITING, some mothers are soliciting their daughters.

    Trafficking has a completely different meaning in this context.

    And you are an ex Commissioner, Lord HELP US!

    1. Anonymous
      November 1, 2016 at 12:47 pm

      Don’t be a moron. Mothers do not solicit their daughters, they solicit others to have sex with their daughters. The act is soliciting!

      1. Anon1
        November 3, 2016 at 9:10 am

        Solicitation is the act of offering, or attempting to purchase, goods or services. Legal status may be specific to the time or place where occurs. The crime of “solicitation to commit a crime” occurs when a person encourages, “solicits, requests, commands, importunes, or otherwise attempts to cause” another person to attempt or commit a crime, with the purpose of thereby facilitating the attempt or commission of that crime…..

        Guess you must feel like the MORON now, if you’ve revisited the post.

  12. Trump
    November 1, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Let us not play plolitics with everything please

  13. Mercie
    November 1, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    Hermangild you are outright wrong with this statement. Stating it is a fact requires statistics and proof, not what you believe in your head or what you suspect or heard on the street. Holding such an office where you responsible for the oversight of the police, you should know better. Now legally, isn’t it a crime for an adult to have sex with a child? That child is under the age of consent so why on earth are you saying that it needs to be investigated. If she points out the criminal and you have a statement from her that she was involved in a sexual act with him, what else do you need. Let the court decide if he is guilty. Stop talking about inconsistences. You were given a position you are not qualified to hold and if you were qualified then you have now disqualified yourself. You would only get away with this in St. Lucia. In any developed country you would be sacked the next day.

    1. Anon1
      November 3, 2016 at 9:34 am

      You’re so correct. But the outrageous thing is he’s an Ex Deputy Commissioner of Police!!!!

      Nothing against Mr Francis personally but he’s a liability and an embarrassment to St Lucia.

      Vote of NO CONFIDENCE in you Sir, do the HOUNORABLE thing and step down.

      If not, Chas show some balls and re-shuffle or fire our Home Affairs Minister

    2. Anonymous
      November 5, 2016 at 12:50 pm

      you would be surprised to learn of cases when minors have accused forty plus old men that still walking around only thing the law is does is drag the victim’s family up and down court for years.

  14. Anonymous
    November 4, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    its sad that we are so judgmental , how many of us have the proof that it is happening, he was a deputy commissioner, what did he do.. think we need to do all the research and then make pronouncements

  15. Anonymous
    November 5, 2016 at 10:08 am

    If it is known or suspected arrest the person immediately. Then process and if proven innocent release him. He will not have cause to flee the country. Yes some mothers offer their girls for men to have sex with for money. During the process/questioning some truth will be revealed. Question those involved at differnet times and places the truth is available with smart questioning. Kids will tell the truth when they realise they are not being monitored by parents.