Gay teens living in Jamaica sewers given days to leave by police

Published: March 31, 2014

 Jamaica police could violate court order by reportedly forcing homeless LGBT out of a sewer, saying they must evacuate by 1 April.

New Kingston police have been battling with a group of young LGBT teens who after being forced from their homes or escaping have found shelter in a network of sewers.

After several raids in recent months, a judge ruled the teens were allowed to stay since the sewers were a public place.

Jamaica police, however, are not letting the issue rest.

Yvonne McCalla-Sobers, a Jamaican LGBTI rights activist, reported police have violated the court order and raided a sewer ‘where homeless LGBT youth have been forced to live’.

According to McCalla-Sobers, who went to the Half-Way Tree police station where some of the homeless youth were being detained after a raid this weekend, said an officer by the name of Commander Murdock threatened the teens.

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