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TnT known for sex tourism and trafficking


OPPOSITION Chief Whip in the Senate Pennelope Beckles yesterday said Trinidad and Tobago is seen by some abroad as a place where women and children are trafficked and where Tobagonian men are marketed in package-deals in sex tourism for European women.

She was speaking on the Trafficking in Persons Bill in the Senate yesterday. Claiming that TT has developed a reputation for sex tourism, she said European magazines carry advertisements for well-organised services linking up European women with hired Tobagonian men. “There are some institutions that market Tobago in a particular light, as if that is all that Tobago is about,” she lamented.

Beckles recalled the episode of Simona Fricker, an HIV-positive Swiss woman, who is said to have deliberately had sex with many Tobagonian men who were subsequently put at risk of exposure to the virus.

Noting the scandal of International Monetary Fund (IMF) head, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who is charged with assaulting a hotel maid, Beckles said this case shows that persons who are held in high esteem may be involved in shocking activities.

Beckles opined that likewise in TT, persons involved in sex-trafficking were powerful and untouchable. She lamented that while every few months the police would raid a brothel, the next day or next week or next month, it is back to business as usual.

“How are they able to operate in Marabella, Chaguanas and Port-of-Spain, when so many people – police, thief or the public – are aware of those places?” she asked. Quoting a US State Department Report, she said, “As difficult as it is for us to believe, in the outside world we are perceived as a country where women and children are trafficked.”

She said the report lamented the lack of prosecutions and convictions in TT for human trafficking. Beckles warned that persons who do not have birth certificates or do not attend school, are vulnerable to human trafficking. “There are people who are monitoring those situations more than you think.”

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Comment by eollis on January 26, 2021 at 7:07am

There are many places in the world where you can help you relax and look at pleasure from a new angle. Among the planet's sexual Edens, there are those where they just bite well, and there are also places with a guarantee, where an enthusiastic line will line up for you for a bill with a portrait of Franklin. Suffering bed adventures boldly head to the Asian kingdom. Here the number of workers in the sex industry (officially illegal) reaches 2-3 million people. Not surprising. And how many more are registering here to sell their services on the Internet. Whoa!

Comment by evolution on May 27, 2011 at 8:20am
Comment by Proudlady on May 27, 2011 at 1:46am
@evolution, I do live in a bubble because the outside world does nothing for me. Once people don't come around trying to start no mess, I don't need to tune in. But I will try to be more aware of my surroundings.
Comment by evolution on May 26, 2011 at 8:52pm

These demons already inserted themselves in Caribbean society with plenty cash to pay off government officials; this has been going on for years. The Caribbean is about Five years behind all social crimes that happening in the world, by the time they plug these ones, another one is going to pop up even more sinister.

Comment by evolution on May 26, 2011 at 8:44pm
Comment by Proudlady on May 26, 2011 at 5:19pm
Well this is the first I have heard about this and it is very sad since I live in sweet TnT. I am not surprised to find out the lengths people will go to make money or make another life for themselves.
Comment by Mike k on May 26, 2011 at 2:58pm

I am open to the idea of women paying for sex if they so choose. I don’t understand why people care what goes on between consenting adults. The proliferation of diseases is another issue as far as I am concerned. If you are mature enough to consent to having anonymous sex then you should be aware of the inherent dangers.  

Comment by Cocoskin on May 26, 2011 at 1:11pm

It's not just the caribbean it's in the states as well.  Black men are so brainwashed to believe black women are the only one carrying the virus, but white women are carries also and they also with these black men will do anything for sex.  Don't believe the hype....not all black women are not whores......  I see it all the time when I'm in Jamaica, you see these white women throwing themselves at black men.  Black men open your eyes....and realize what is going on!!!!

Comment by Pat Solan on May 26, 2011 at 11:25am
Hence the reason why AIDS is so rampant in the Caribbean...
Comment by Vexed Lo on May 26, 2011 at 3:24am
I've seen in Jamaica a culture of Rastatutes, rastas who are paid to have sex with German women and other European women, it blew my mind, but it was apperantly a norm

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