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Aruba Doesn’t Learn or Does Not Want to Learn:

by | Jun 3, 2024

It was a crime then, and it is still a crime now

Some of you may not remember, but back in 2004 around the same time, a compilation of videos was produced and sold in many schools on the island of Aruba, these videos were then shared amongst students and adults who found these videos funny and entertaining. But what was on these videos you may ask? Well, it was videos of various students from different schools in Aruba performing sexual acts with other students, all of these students were underage and were filmed without their consent. So in other words, child porn was being distributed in schools by students and adults alike.

Now 20 years later we are seeing the same thing happening again. There’s been a video circulating since last week about two students performing sexual acts, keep in mind both these students are under the age of 16, the difference between back then and now, is that back then it was shared on a DVD, now it is being shared on social platforms like Whatsapp and Telegram in other words, on the internet. 

The saddest part is that it is being shared not only among students but also by adults, including teachers. Some are sharing it out of concern about what is happening, but there are also some who somehow find this hilarious. I mean, really? What is funny about sharing something that could destroy the lives of two young people? Let’s not hide the fact that if you share it or show it to others from your phone, it is illegal. 

If you share it because you find the video entertaining, you can be charged with possession and distribution of Child Pornography. The Aruban authorities are already aware of the video, so if somehow it ends up on your phone, you can report it to the police, then delete it and stop sharing it with others.

Aruba’s Public Prosecution Service even made a public announcement about this, stating that being caught with child pornography can land you up to 4 years in prison, with a fine up to Afl. 25.000. Unless you’re a popular musician or artist that was just “curious”. But let’s not get into that.

What About the Kids Involved?

Many people focus on the impact of a video on viewers, but what about the children involved? How might this circulating video affect their mental well-being and future? The potential harm to these kids is immense, from psychological trauma and social stigma to long-term issues with trust and relationships. Some might argue, “If they didn’t want to be filmed, they shouldn’t have engaged in the activity.” However, we must remember that they are just kids, still learning about boundaries, consent, and the implications of their actions.

Discussing sex may be taboo, but it is an integral part of growing up. Children and teenagers are naturally curious and are bound to explore. Yet, filming such experiences, let alone sharing them, especially by adults who should know better, is unacceptable. It’s easier to blame the kids, but is that really fair? The burden should not rest on their shoulders alone. As a society, we must ask ourselves: Are we providing them with a support system? With the knowledge and tools they need to navigate these situations?

In Aruba, we take pride in being an island of integrity and a progressive society. However, if this is truly the case, we still have a long way to go. Those who are sharing the video are contributing to the problem, and as a community, we should strive to do better.

it’s imperative that we, as a society, take collective responsibility. We must equip our youth with the knowledge and tools they need to navigate the digital world safely and ensure that adults understand their role in protecting and guiding the younger generation. By fostering a culture of empathy, respect, and accountability, we can truly live up to our values of integrity and progressiveness.




















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