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Human Trafficking in Barbados

"Escorts" are being brought to Barbados chiefly from Guyana where they are being lied to

21 Apr 2009, 12:00 AM

By: gop

Human trafficking is affecting Barbados an island in the Caribbean whose inhabitants for the most part are of African descent, and who have been affected by the horrors and shame of slavery, and now human trafficking, also referred to as Trafficking in Persons.

This being the case one would think that the inhabitants would frown on any type of disenfranchisement such as slavery raising its ugly head, but how quickly we forget.

Slavery has crept upon the shores of Barbados in the form of human trafficking. There exist in Barbados, and in other Caribbean territories young women from within, and outside of the region, who are being "shipped" from territory to territory as prostitutes. These sex workers are being advertised in the print media and the internet as "escorts".

These "escorts" are being brought to Barbados chiefly from Guyana where they are being lied to that on they arrival in Barbados, they would be offered a genuine job as maybe a waiter, but on reaching the shores of Barbados they are placed on red light districts such as Nelson Street. They passports are taken, and they are forced to sell themselves to pay for the trip. (This is human trafficking).

Many of these women arrive on the island having come from poor and improvised societies in Guyana, continue in the situation in order to send money home, and chiefly because they are afraid. Some of these women continue to operate in strip clubs, rum shops, and in spas offering "exotic massages" to locals and tourists in hotels and on yachts. (This is human trafficking)

Some have been in Barbados so long that they are now in the island illegally. Nothing is being done for these young enslaved women who are alone and afraid.

Its truly a sad day in Barbados as most have become the men and women who once enslaved us all. No longer can we speak against the enslavement of our forefathers as some of us allow slavery to continue right under our noses. How can we have anything to say against the Caucasian race who once enslaved us?

Certain organisations within the island are adamant about seeking damages for African peoples during slavery, but would not lift one little finger against the enslavement of Guyanese young women in Barbados. Could this thing be morally right?

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