CARICOM Summit Makes No Decision On Giant Squid Farming Or The Wearing Of Burkas

Of Course, The CARICOM Summit Never Discussed Giant Squid Farming Or Burkas…

Today’s online issue of The Nation News proclaims the story headline No Decision On Sex Workers. Any literate person reading that headline would immediately conclude that the issue had been discussed and that CARICOM’s leaders had been unable to come to a decision.

Only when we read further into the article do we discover that the issue of the free movement of “sex workers” under CARICOM was never discussed at the summit.

So what’s going on here? Slow day at The Nation News… or does someone at the paper’s management have an agenda concerning prostitution? Or perhaps the topic of prostitutes’ working permits is on the official CARICOM agenda for later discussion?

With reporting like this it is no wonder that Bajans usually feel like mushrooms when reading our local media. (You know… kept in the dark and fed lots of manure.)

As BFP reported in August of 2006, Winston Williams, Antigua and Barbuda’s Minister of Health, told the Nation News that CARICOM would be discussing issuing labour permits for regional “sex workers” for the Cricket World Cup. (That was before the actual CWC visitor stats came to light. We understand that during CWC there were so few visitors that Tourism Minister Noel Lynch achieved a higher prostitute to visitor ratio than was ever thought possible. Congratulations Noel!)

We looked at the issue in our article Licensing Prostitutes In Barbados – Government As Pimp.

So what is the true story, Nation News? Is the topic of regional work permits for prostitutes on the table for discussion at the CARICOM Summit? Was it a slow news day?

Or was the article part of an agenda by The Nation News to achieve social change in the issue of work permits for prostitutes?

Your readers deserve an answer.

“Sex Worker” or “Prostitute”?

In our July 2006 article Barbados Sex Workers… or Prostitutes? Words Matter, BFP took issue with the trend by politicians and media to use the term “sex worker” instead of “prostitute” as part of a social campaign to legitimize prostitution.

As we pointed out in our comments, the term “sex worker” was invented by a prostitute for the purpose of achieving social change. Here’s what we said…

Sex Worker legitimizes.

We don’t call a thief a “theft worker”

We don’t call a fraudsman a “fraud worker”

“The term “sex work” was coined by long time prostitutes’ rights activist Carol Leigh as a way to designate all those who work in the adult industry.”

online reference…

International Sex Worker Foundation…

Here is the “Sex Worker” story as it appears in today’s Nation News

No decision on sex workers

SEX WORKERS ARE not a category under the free movement of labour within the CARICOM Single Market and Economy.

There was no formal position on their movement at the 28th CARICOM Heads of Government, according to Roosevelt Skerritt, Prime Minister of Dominica and head with responsibility for labour within CARICOM.

He added it was not a matter which was discussed on Monday, and while Dominica would not allow that type of activity, he could not speak from a regional standpoint since there was not a collective position on the issue.


Filed under Barbados, CARICOM, News Media, Politics & Corruption

9 responses to “CARICOM Summit Makes No Decision On Giant Squid Farming Or The Wearing Of Burkas

  1. Anonymous

    pray tell me wats the point of posting such rubbish as the above article ….bfp going down like all other media now ?? cant find anything worthwhile to report so reports on rubbish cmon get real folks

  2. Missing Home

    I think that BFP’s point about the Nation is valid. Why did the nation report this? It is a valid question if you are concerned about the quality of journalism on the island.

  3. Bush Tea

    What wrong with you people? This is an excellent story.
    The Nation is finally waking up… let me translate…

    The Idiot heads of Government of CARICOM (those who managed to show up for the routine paid holiday), recently completed their annual waste of time sitting around talking nonsense and making foolish decisions that we all know they will not implement.
    Again they made no progress in anything worthwhile. So wasteful has been the exercise that it would have been useful if they had looked at the issue of the free movement of prostitutes across the region or on matters related to giant squid. Unfortunately they did not even do that.

    Maybe BFP can tell us what these jokers DID discuss

  4. more

    Very well said. You crack me up, Bush Tea.

    It will be a great day when more of us start to speak our minds and put our money where our mouths are.

  5. jose marti

    With reporting like this it is no wonder that Bajans usually feel like mushrooms when reading our local media. (You know… kept in the dark and fed lots of manure.)

    Made me laugh BFP …


    BFP Comments…

    Thanks Jose!

  6. Anonymous

    Religions amuse me. You can get away with anything as long as you draw the all-protective religious veil around it, to ‘protect’ it, whatever it is.

    Feel like peeing in Broad Street?
    They can’t do you one thing… that’s my religion!
    and no-one dare question dat!

    Want to escape the country on a murder charge?
    Wear a burkha, pose as a girl, and yuh gone!
    Cool! I love religions!
    Nothing has held back the progress of mankind like religious tom-foolery,
    and we all subscribe to it, according these silly false values, ‘respecting’ each other’s childish pretend-headgames.

    Islam knows well how to take advantage of the “It’s my RELIGION” bullshirt.
    How DARE you question my religion?
    Rolling on the ground laughing at wunnuh ‘believers’ !

  7. J. Payne

    Juss as I’ve advocated for the past few months. Anyone seeing the specials on CNN now tying these terrorist attacks to US foreign policy?

  8. J. Payne

    Wrong word. Not “advocated” but more like predicted was the real case….

    I don’t advocate anybody running anyway killing man, women, and children in any of this silly back and forth thing these two sides have going on.

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