Reverend Gary Harriott, General Secretary of the Jamaica Council of Churches
The Jamaica Council of Churches is expressing outrage at reports that six children removed from a compound in Norwood, St. James might have been abused.
The children were staying with adults at the property where the Qahal Yahweh Church is located.
They were removed from the compound last week and on Tuesday.
Childrens Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison on Wednesday said allegations of human trafficking are also being investigated.
Reverend Gary Harriott, General Secretary of the Jamaica Council of Churches, said the incident is unfortunate and noted that "the church, like anybody else, is expected to obey the law of the land and therefore, we have a responsibility as a country to protect our children."
The Gleaner on Wednesday reported that 70 followers reside at the compound of the Qahal Yahweh Church, having reportedly abandoned their homes.
Reverend Harriott wants the authorities to act swiftly to complete the probe into how the children were treated at the compound.