Desperate 10-year-old girls forced to give birth in lockdown shelter

A Christian shelter for young girls who can't have abortions sees children as young as 10 having babies there.

The Rosa Maria House in Paraguay provides free rooms and food to young pregnant girls with nowhere else to turn.

Vicereports it is one of a network of children’s shelters run by the church where young pregnant girls are taken in.

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Due to Paraguay's incredibly strict abortion laws the shelters, which are also pro-life, are places where children raise children.

The strict laws mean abortions can only be carried out to save the life of the mother, and anyone caught breaking them faces jail time.

The shelters provide a solution for young people with no options left, who perhaps haven’t got a safe place to give birth or need to get away from something.

Vice spoke to one girl who had been through the shelter who said: “There were girls of 12 or 13 years old who were already pregnant because of being raped that were brought in by the police."

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She told how many of the girls at the shelter didn’t “know how to read, many came from far away, they didn't have the chance to go to school.”

The shelters are thought to be safer than many of the alternatives, but the freedoms of the girls are greatly reduced, with phones taken off them and communication with the outside only allowed on scheduled family visits.

Rosa Maria House is located on the outskirts of Paraguay’s capital Asunción, with 230 babies reportedly having been born in its 22-year history.

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Vice reports that a man believed to work at Rose Maria said:

“We belong to a pro-life organization that is not very well seen in the New World Order.”

He added: “Even if they’re 10 or 12 years old, the young girls that we receive actually have the most love for their children”.

If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Victim Support for free, confidential advice on 08 08 16 89 111 or visit their website, www.victimsupport.org.uk.

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