Government official accused of sex trafficking

Government is yet to respond to the latest human trafficking report issued by the United States government, which has revealed that a Barbadian official was recently investigated by police for alleged complicity in sex trafficking crimes.

When contacted tonight, Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite said he had not yet read the report, and therefore could not shed any light on its findings.

Asked specifically about the police probe of the unnamed official, Brathwaite, who is currently off island and is due back home on Saturday, said he was presently in the dark on the matter.

Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Erwin Boyce also told Barbados TODAY he was not aware of any such police investigation.

However, in its 2015 Human Trafficking Report released two days ago, the US State Department pointed out that while Barbados did not convict any traffickers, “police investigated a Government official for alleged complicity in sex trafficking crimes”.

It further revealed that authorities had investigated eight new potential trafficking cases during the reporting period, but said only one of these suspected cases was determined to be trafficking.

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Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Erwin Boyce

Overall, Barbados received a passing grade for its efforts to prevent human trafficking.

US officials gave the island a Tier 2 rating — the same grade it received in the 2014 report.

Tier 2 countries are those whose governments do not fully comply with the US Trafficking Victims Protection Act’s (TVPA) minimum standards, but are making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance.

Tier 1 is the highest rating, followed by Tier 2, Tier 2 Watch List and Tier 3.

In its report, the US government stated that “Barbados is a source country for children subjected to sex trafficking and destination country for men, women and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labour”.

It said authorities and non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) had also reported that foreign women were being forced into prostitution in Barbados, with immigrants from Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and Guyana being especially vulnerable.

However, while conceding that Barbados did not fully comply with the required standards, it reported that the island in acceding to the 2000 UN TIP Protocol in October of 2014, had drafted amendments to its anti-trafficking law to prohibit all forms of human trafficking. The US also lauded the country for developing a Government-wide anti-trafficking manual.

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Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite

While Government was criticized for making minimal progress in the protection of victims, for not providing anti-trafficking training or guidance for its diplomatic personnel and for not making efforts to reduce the demand for commercial sex acts or forced labour, Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite was praised for leading an anti-trafficking task force.

This task force met monthly and included permanent secretaries from several ministries and NGOs.

The taskforce was also lauded for developing a Government-wide anti-trafficking manual, which officials indicated would include details on how authorities should treat victims.

Among the several recommendations made by the report were to enact and implement amendments to the anti-trafficking law, to prohibit all forms of human trafficking and to prescribe penalties that are sufficiently stringent [without an alternative of a fine] and commensurate with those prescribed for other serious crimes, such as rape.

It also suggested the conviction of trafficking offenders, including complicit officials and provide appropriate sentences for their crimes, better training of law enforcement and prosecutors, and to provide adequate funding to organizations that assist trafficking victims.
(RB/NC)

7 Responses to Government official accused of sex trafficking

  1. Thomas Katt
    Thomas Katt July 30, 2015 at 10:59 am

    One thing boy, the authorities bout here does be the last to know anything involving underhand dealings or corruption. Yeah right!

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  2. jrsmith July 30, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    What are we, Barbados some kind of a political joke. Our government yet to respond on an on going issue , of a bajan official who was investigated. Our attorney general and the police is so detached from reality , they seems not to know what day it is. when the bajan people is ever going to be not shamed, by our so call people in authority.

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  3. Buddy Love
    Buddy Love July 30, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Bcause you all bury your heads in th sand……

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  4. dave July 31, 2015 at 12:56 am

    Any idea who the person is
    Is it a high level or level official
    Official can mean an Officer , I believe sometime ago ,a certain well known low level Officer at a strategic point with a certain agency was apparently subjected to some sort of investigation that had nothing to do with the Myrie case at the time/ That Officer was subsequently transferred. Another Officer presently has a case before the Court.

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  5. Nyah July 31, 2015 at 10:25 am

    Yes a Customs Officer is currently on bail…but we all know what will happen.

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  6. Winston Arthur Trechane August 15, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    So now there is an allusion of Barbados to a whoring zone and the the ‘authorities’ are the pimps.

    When Governments are snowballing to failure and the population has to fend for itself increased prostitution (and crimes) is the clearest alert. However, the Government that is entangled with its fragmented agenda will ignore and smother any revelation of the consequences of its failure to be the guardian of the people.

    “In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of.
    In a country well governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” – Confucius.

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  7. Winston Arthur Trechane August 15, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    So now there is an allusion of Barbados to a whoring zone and the the ‘authorities’ are the pimps.

    When Governments are snowballing to failure and the population has to fend for itself increased prostitution (and crimes) is the clearest alert. However, the Government that is entangled with its fragmented agenda will ignore and smother any revelation of the consequences of its failure to be the guardian of the people.

    “In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of.
    In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” – Confucius.

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