Bridgetown, Barbados -- It is with almost certainty that every two weeks, that is if the last three years could be used as a gauge, to predict that teen girls will continue to go missing in Barbados at this current rate. A cursory Google search on "missing teens in Barbados" return results with titles such as:

  • Missing teens in Barbados
  • Missing teen safe, say police -- NationNews Barbados - 1 hour ago
  • Missing teen located -- NationNews Barbados - Dec 13, 2017
  • UPDATE: Missing 2-yo boy and teens traced - Loop Barbados - Oct 15, 2017
  • Missing teen found -- NationNews Barbados - Aug 28, 2017
  • Missing teen Rashauna Mayers found | Barbados Today - May 27, 2017
  • Missing teen's family upset by online posts -- NationNews Barbados - May 23, 2017
  • Teen off missing list -- NationNews Barbados - Apr 9, 2017
  • Missing schoolgirl found -- NationNews Barbados - Feb 19, 2017
  • Missing teen traced -- NationNews Barbados - Jan 29, 2017
  • Missing teen puzzle -- NationNews Barbados - Jan 3, 2017
  • Missing teenage girls in Barbados found after a police operation - Feb 23, 2016
  • The Bajan Reporter | Missing Girls Found: St Thomas & St Peter teens - Oct 25, 2015
  • Search on for missing teen -- NationNews Barbados - Jul 22, 2015
  • Missing teen returns home -- NationNews Barbados - Mar 2, 2015
  • St Lucy teen missing -- NationNews Barbados - Apr 3, 2015
  • Two teenage girls missing -- NationNews Barbados - Apr 24, 2014
  • Barbados Today - Missing teens traced - Apr 2, 2014
  • Teen missing -- NationNews Barbados - Jun 28, 2010
  • St Philip teen missing | Barbados Today

This listing is just a few of the teens who have gone missing over the years, the majority of whom are usually found, but the concern on everyone's mind should be why.

Issues at home

Issues at home seem to be verbal, physical and sexual abuse, and has been made worrisome because of the destruction of the nuclear and extended family structures.

Gang initiation

Gang initiation happens one of two ways: Men or boys are "beaten in," enduring a beating to prove how tough they are and that they are worthy of joining a gang. Women or girls are "sexed in," or show loyalty by having sex with several gang members. This "sexing in" might be occurring over the period of hours to days that these young girls go missing. maybe someone familiar with the happenings can confirm in the comments below.

Is this regional???

Interestingly the Jamaican Gleaner newspaper is today carrying a news headline, 24 Children Reunited With Families After Missing Reports. National Children's Registry says data from the Corporate Communications Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force show that the children were reported missing between September and the start of this month. The children ranged between age 11 and 17.

Is anthing being done for these missing teens???

Should these children to receive psycho-social intervention and other services? Do we have the resources?