USA Sponsored Trafficking In Persons Report Cites Barbados As a "Special Case"

Barbados is listed as a special case country in the just-released report from the US State Department on Trafficking in Persons. “Special case” status means that countries exhibited indications of trafficking in persons, but much of the evidence is anecdotal or unsubstantiated by government reports. The report acknowledges the efforts by the Barbados government to take action against this scourge. Note that the integrity of the report is compromised by the US pulling punches with some countries’ rankings, most notably India’s. The US Secretary of State herself intervened and changed the document drafters’ recommendation of a tier 3 ranking to be given to India (the worst) to tier 2, so as not to offend one of the US’ important allies.

This note was included in an email which was received from a BU reader. The person did indicate that it was forwarded to Barbados Free Press as well to provide “material for a new thread”. BU says a big thank you!

The population mix of Barbados is majority black and therefore for BU to reconcile that human trafficking has been reported as taking place by Barbados in the recently released US State Department document on trafficking in persons is nauseating. The categorization that Barbados has grabbed “special case” status because of anecdotal and unsubstantiated evidence provides little comfort for an island which is known for its conservative and Christian leaning.

Before we focus on the implications for Barbados BU must highlight the double standards which exist in a world where the USA as a super power is prepared to make decisions devoid of morality and ethical considerations. It is no secret that India has been known for many years now as a country where child labor and human trafficking is rampant. Despite what is known, the USA through its Secretary of State Rice, a black woman, would dare to manipulate the report to reflect India in a more favorable light.

The reason for such blatant hypocrisy you ask? India is an important ally in Asia.

An interesting observation is that other allies in that part of the world have gotten the worst rating, that of tier 3 and President Bush will have to make a decision after a 3 month grace period has expired.

“Algeria, Bahrain, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman and Qatar – all considered valuable allies in the so-called global war on terror – were added to the category deemed the worst offenders in “modern-day slavery,” in the annual U.S. State Department report on human trafficking. “

The 2007 report, rating 164 countries in all, lists 16 countries in its lowest “Tier 3” category, making them subject to possible cutoffs of non-humanitarian U.S. aid, if applicable. BU say this is baloney. No way USA will sanction the six countries mentioned above. The countries all and sundry are aware happen to be strategic partners of the USA in that part of the world. These are all countries which are actively engaged in the war on terror, the brain child of Bush and his lieutenant Blair.

Back to Barbados!

The report although lacking in hard evidence did report:

In December, a Barbadian race car driver was charged with “exercising control of movement” of two Ukrainian women in prostitution and withholding their passports, as well as pimping and living off the proceeds of prostitution. The magistrate responsible for the case dropped the charges because the two victims had already been deported. However, the government continued to prosecute a 2005 case against a local construction company for allegedly trafficking 14 Indian laborers to work on infrastructure improvements.

It is interesting that the “Barbadian race car driver” whose face was on the front page of a Nation Newspaper story back in December 2006 name was not mentioned in the story. It makes BU wonder who were the persons responsible in Barbados for feeding information to the US government agency on this one. Is it the resident US Embassy? We just wonder what is discussed at the Ambassador’s many cocktail parties when matters such as this one features. among a certain group.

Here is an extract from the report on how the US government views the problem of human trafficking in Barbados:

Scope and Magnitude

Anecdotal information suggests that Barbados may be a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children trafficked for the purposes of forced labor and commercial sexual exploitation, but there is no evidence yet of a significant number of trafficking victims. Some trafficking of minors into prostitution is allegedly facilitated by victims’ families.Uncorroborated reports indicate that women and girls from Guyana, the Dominican Republic, and other Caribbean islands are trafficked to Barbados for sexual exploitation in strip clubs and brothels, as well as for domestic servitude. According to the IOM, some economic migrants may have been deceived by fraudulent offers of legitimate jobs and placed in debt-bonded prostitution after their travel documents were confiscated.

Now tell us folks,have you ever read so much rubbish? Why all of Barbados know that “some body” is responsible for all the women from Guyana, Dominican Republic and Jamaica that enter Barbados. Some of the girls from the Dominican Republic can hardly mutter a word of English yet they are able to attract clients and BU does not mean clients from Nelson Street or Bush Hill. More like those “big shots” on the West Coast and prominent guests who visit our country on business.

Anyway let BU stop!

Barbados is a small island, 23 miles long and 14 miles wide. BU struggles with the idea that Barbados should be involved in human trafficking. Unless they are smuggled in at “unofficial ports” of entry the “human cargo” must enter at Grantley Adams or the Bridgetown Port. How can girls from Dominican Republic or Cuba who can speak little or no English enter our island? It is obvious our officials are either incompetent or on the take!

What BU know for sure is that Barbadians who traffic must be from the elite in the country. This fact makes the problem one that will stick with us for sometime to come.

Trafficking In Persons Report-June 2007

8 thoughts on “USA Sponsored Trafficking In Persons Report Cites Barbados As a "Special Case"

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  2. It is interesting that the “Barbadian race car driver” whose face was on the front page of a Nation Newspaper story back in December 2006 name was not mentioned in the story. It makes BU wonder who were the persons responsible in Barbados for feeding information to the US government agency on this one.
    It was carried in the 2006 State Department Barbados report.

    Barbados is clearly a country with two sets of laws for two sets of people. The proof is insurmountable, and every day new evidence to support this claim at all levels is played out.

  3. I find this article very captivating, you touched on a topic that is very intriguing but only scratched the surface!

    Let me site some more incidents other than Ullyett – What happened to the two Muslim girls who did not want an arranged wedding? I heard the parents demanded a fatwah or contract on their own flesh and blood;

    The Kirton man who threw the mobile away of the black woman who was really his outside lover – the case was dismissed? It was one of the early testing grounds for Jambuster – from Jambuster to four lane highway, who has right of way now? Why are there no adverts to educate before mangled metal happens?

    The 14 Bombay guys who were deported and screwed up the building of that New Mecca, who let them in? Who is richer than they should be now?

    The Chinese here now, do you know some have local firms now? Bajans use them to build wall houses at half the previous cost?

    The Goodridge Sr & Jr of Highgate Garden over alleged theft of pit bull pups – I see they got off with only court costs as the teenager dropped charges, how convenient, they paid immediately too and it was buried in the Advocate & Nation

    It seems if you are foreign or not a black Barbadian you can slip through the cracks, last thing, I am guessing David Arthur is not your real name – there are two davids and one owen, perhaps the name should be David D. Arthur, haw!

  4. By de way – China and its human rights record cuts no mustard with any Bajan, once Chinee products work as gud as regular yet more dear thingz, then we will buy da Chinee stuff or use de Chinee services, we look at our bellies and pockets first then worry about anyting else after! true, true, true

  5. The chineese is yet another community that doesnot integrate into the society they go to.

    Check every metropolitan city across the globe and you will find that there are myriads of chinatowns replicated in every of these cities.

    Same as the indian community.

    What bothers me is this Barbados Labour Party government seems not to know or care about forward planning – how you manage the growth of your society – ie the numbers and types of ethnic groups that you introduce into a small (ie population) with a limited land space like ours – and with groups who like to carve their own territory and set up enclaves.

    I’s a recipe for disaster – is what I think.

  6. Underworld Barbadians collect passports from Guyanese men, who pay cash money and the stamped passport is delivered the following day.

    Human trafficking.

    Chinese workers brought to Barbados, live in barracks and not subject to local labour laws.

    Human trafficking.

    Prostitutes are brought into Barbados and used in the local trade.

    Human trafficking.

    Human trafficking is wrong, legally and morally. We are the ones at fault if it happens in this island. Government has no excuse for letting these things go and turning a blind eye.

    Either these people are legal, and part of us, subject to the same laws and considerations, or they are not to be here. They cannot be separated and subject to alternative anything. That is wrong.

    Again, it is WRONG.

    Legalise it or stop it.

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