Criminals looking to exploit soft targets, warns US official

The United States Embassy in Barbados is working with stakeholders in the local tourism industry and the Royal Barbados Police Force to weed out criminal elements who visit our shores.

United States Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Linda Taglialatela gave stakeholders that assurance yesterday while speaking at the official opening of a seminar dealing with crimes that affect tourism, at the Hilton Barbados Resort.

The diplomat told the gathering that the Embassy would be offering the services of the State Department Diplomatic Security Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the US Secret Service to assist local personnel in ferreting out the criminal element.

“In this age of globalization, it is much easier for criminals around the world to exploit soft targets like the tourism industry for their own personal gains,” Taglialatela cautioned, adding that criminals could use technology to commit crimes without even travelling to Barbados.

The ambassador also pointed out that opportunities for human trafficking can arise when large numbers of people enter or leave the country.

“Showing people what the signs are and how to identify potential victims is the key,” Taglialatela stressed.

Addressing the issue of automatic banking machine scams, the ambassador said they were occurring all over the world.

“It goes back to showing people how to identify what is possible in helping to find preventative measures that can be taken,” she said.

Taglialatela told the delegates that the presentation of false documents had also become a major headache with the use of modern technology.

“I have to tell you that with the Internet out there and all of the computer technology, people are able to generate false documents.  People can now hide their true identity with false documents. So, again, we are looking for people who are not coming here to appreciate beautiful Barbados but to actually take advantage of other visitors and residents of the country,” she said.

Meanwhile, in a brief presentation, Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association Rudy Grant expressed similar sentiments, arguing that globalization and the advent of modern technology had created new challenges for the tourism industry.

“We are all aware of some of the benefits of globalization and the technological revolution. But these advances have also created some challenging issues which threaten the sustainability of the very important tourism industry. This is a challenge that does not only confront Barbados, but indeed the world,” Grant said.

The CEO argued that stakeholders in the tourism industry must be prepared for the “new wave of criminal activity which is taking place across the world”, stressing that it could impact on Barbados’ economic growth and development.

6 Responses to Criminals looking to exploit soft targets, warns US official

  1. jrsmith July 13, 2017 at 3:19 am

    I am ever so glad and happy that the (US) is getting involve , the (FBI) now we want (Scotland Yard ) to be involve as well, our barbados have a large local criminal element , from the seaport to airport , to lots of people who many people wouldn’t expect to be involve criminal activity in this good old christian nation ………….

  2. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner July 13, 2017 at 7:04 am

    No surprise because RBPF customs and immigration and other security in Barbados very amateur but ya all better be careful because USA always have an agenda of it’s own.

  3. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn July 13, 2017 at 8:20 am

    Why Washington can’t write OFF some the island death.
    Also you all need to STOP the flow of guns coming out of United States. These GUNS destroying our young people. But instead you all coming down in the Caribbean destroying our marijuana while you all have it legalize in certain State.

  4. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn July 13, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Why not take about marijuana come out of America and Canada to BARBADOS .You all need to STOP making GUNS. At least FOR one year and show solidarity. MOST OF our young people getting killed by guns. All these guns coming from America.Try and stop the flow of guns into the Caribbean.

    • Ivana Cardinale July 13, 2017 at 9:25 am

      Afghanistan occupied by US forces and Colombia has 7 US military bases and the production of opium and cocaine increased enormously since the US put a foot on those countries. Black market US guns? is everywhere, i.e. ask the Syrians who’s arming ISIS to topple Assad: THE US AND ITS ALLIES. And the list of US hypocrisy goes on and on

  5. Helicopter(8P) July 13, 2017 at 10:17 am

    To Ivana Cardinale I would like to inform you that the production of non agricultural coca which is monitored and acreage controlled by the Colombian Ministry of Agriculture has not increased. Synthetic Cocaine is being produced by some criminals both in the U.S and other involved states. Raw materials such as chemical distribution and lab equipment are key indicators of that process.


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