Starface chastises abusers who target children | Entertainment

Kingston-based dancehall artiste Starface is calling for an end to sexual predatory behaviour in her new song, Let Them Grow.

In the single, she urges would-be abusers of underaged boys and girls to ‘let the children grow’.

The song was inspired by Starface’s sheer horror and disgust at the reports of child abuse in the media.

“The stories that I keep seeing on social media, the constant Ananda Alerts for missing teenage girls, is a big problem. Last year, I saw the mother on TV crying after they found the decomposed body of the little primary school girl. These things hurt my heart to the core so I had to sing about it,” said Starface. “We have to change what is going on by highlighting it and shaming predators into doing the right thing. Child abuse is not OK.”

Tragic killing

0Starface was referring to the tragic killing of Red Hills Primary School student Shantae Skyers, who went missing for five days before her decomposing body was found in a section of the community in Sterling Castle Heights last year.

According to the National Children’s Registry, more than 20,000 cases of child sexual abuse were reported in Jamaica from 2007 to 2017. Of that number, 18,869 were female. There was a high of 3,412 cases reported in 2015.

“There is a serious disease that has taken hold in our society and we must stamp it out. I hope that people will help me to push this message of change,” she said.

In the meantime, Starface released a new video for her latest single, Born Wid It, which was released on her VEVO channel recently.

“I am stepping up the promotions this summer as the world eases the restrictions on the COVID-19. Music can never stop, the work must go on,” she said.

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