01 July 2018 – Guyanese women, and by extension all women, are warned to strenuously reject advances by their partners or any individual who may be requesting the filming or photographing of any sexual encounter between them.

This is because a recent investigation has revealed that just over two hundred video clippings of Guyanese schoolgirls and adult-age women engaging in sexual activities have been discovered on the popular pornographic website, Xhamster.

The website which allows anyone to easily post pornographic videos and photos of their sexual encounter with other people, and also allow anyone to download the videos which are often reposted on other popular porn sites as well.

The videos which appeared to have been filmed using mobile phones, and mostly exposing the teenage girls and women’s faces and their genital areas, almost never reveals the face of the man that they are engaging in the act with.

In all instances, it appears to be the male person that is filming the Point of View (PoV) scene, and who would often make sure that the face of the female victim is well exposed.

The posters, in some instances, also made sure that they label the video with where the victim is from, by using derogatory terms such as “Lil dangles from Plaisance”, “Buxton b*tch”, and “Enmore wh*re”, among other degrading slangs, while others specifically lists some of the places where the girls are employed, including Qualfon etc.

A few of the clips showed the incidents occurring seemingly at the workplace, while others appear to be in a house or hotel room.

Most of the videos that featured school-aged girls appear to be incidents that are occurring in private dwellings.

In at least two particular videos perused by this publication, three adult-age men appeared to be taking turns in the sexual assault of a schoolgirl, while another video showed two men engaging in the act with another school-age girl at a separate location.

But in both cases, while the victim seems to be distressed, they appeared to be willing and subjective to the abuse.

While in a few of the videos the women appeared to be unaware that they are being filmed, most of the others seem to know that they are being recorded, with only a handful of them trying to hide their face or repeatedly objecting to the filming of the sexual encounter.

In the audio that is associated with those videos, the women could be heard either urging the man not to film them; asking for their reassurance that the video would go no further than their phone; or is simply calling the man by name while urging him to stop filming.

From the appearance of it all, it seems that the women would not have consented to the videos being posted online for public viewing in any case.

It is widely believed that most of the videos and photographs were either posted by men out of egoistic reasons, or others who may want to embarrass the women; get back at them, or probably to cause other harm to their personal life.

In an email reply received from Xhamster, the site acknowledged that they do not necessarily peruse all of the content that is posted by users online, and will not ordinarily act to remove a post unless it genuinely appears to be an instance of rape, child abuse or human trafficking, among other things.

Alternatively, a person who appeared in a video without consent can request its removal or for it to be censored; – an act that is rarely enforced, except via a court order or a request by a State agency.

Generally, a court order or a request from Interpol through the local police can often result in the revelation of the IP address, device information and other particulars, including the possible identity of the person that had posted any of the porn videos.

It remains unclear as to whether any organization or local entity would investigate the presence of the videos and try to identify the victims in a bid to have the videos pulled and the poster or posters prosecuted.

Guyana has one of the most relaxed sets of laws when it comes to posting pornographic content of other people online.

Perpetrators are never jailed, but are simply fined, while the videos still remain online since the court neither issue any order for its removal or penalize entities that continue to host it online.