UPDATED: November 11, 2010 9am Bridgetown
We see that Jane Shattuck Hoyos has taken down her story at Planet Barbados. While we hope to hear more on this development, we want to let Jane know that if we never hear anything else about it from her, we and everyone else on this island understands. And now, probably, Jane understands too. That’s why BFP remains an anonymous blog.
“I didn’t sleep that night … I’d been humiliated, shamed, and harassed at the hands of an individual who, because he could, did. For him, it was sport. He never cited a single transgression.”
… Barbados resident, business person and investor – Jane Shattuck Hoyos
Welcome home bitch…
There is no excuse in the world for what happened to Jane Shattuck Hoyos upon her return to Barbados last Wednesday night.
Yes, our Immigration officers have a job to do. They protect our country, our economy and our communities from the negative impacts of uncontrolled immigration. They must be questioning, knowledgeable and skilled to see through false documents and lies. They must take their duties seriously.
All of that is a given and Jane says so – but what an Immigration Officer did to her last Wednesday night is totally unacceptable and, sadly, an all too common story heard from arriving visitors and residents alike.
It sounds to us like this Immigration officer is a power-tripping, egotistical little dictator: full of himself and drunk with power and authority. He probably had a good laugh about what he did to Jane. Maybe some of his colleagues laughed too.
There is no way that this was the first time for this Immigration officer. He probably does the same thing to other women traveling alone. He targets them for sport. He enjoys himself.
His supervisors likely already know that he’s a problem child.
He’s one of those who don’t want video cameras and audio recordings as they work.
Barbados Immigration Officers are often the first Bajan that international visitors have ever met. They are the public face of our nation, our culture and our government.
Read Jane’s article about what happened, and then ask yourself what the actions of this one Immigration Officer say about Barbados, our culture, Bajan men and the ability of our government to select, train and supervise persons in authority.
Friends, read what Jane has to say and then think to yourself that this Immigration Officer is an ambassador for our country to thousands and thousands of visitors from around the world…
by Jane Shattuck Hoyos
I was humiliated and harassed by a Barbados public servant: an immigration official .. it was completely unnecessary, hurtful to my spirit, and done without any cause whatsoever.
I returned home to Barbados last Wednesday night after attending a conference to learn more about the vacation rental business; renting condos on the south coast of my beautiful island home of Barbados is what I do for a living and of course I wish to do it to the best of my ability. Hence, the conference, which was in San Antonio, Texas, of all places.
I had risen at 4:30 that morning to get home. It was cold in Texas and I put on a sweater, jacket, slacks, and sheepskin-lined boots. I boarded my first flight at 7 a.m. I had breakfast on between San Antonio and Chicago, lunch between Chicago and Miami, and dinner between Miami and Barbados. I arrived BGI in Barbados around 10p.m.
I was tired but so, so happy to be home and couldn’t wait to find my beautiful husband Greg outside the airport waiting for me. Even in winter clothes, when I walked off the plane into the fragrant tropical evening, my heart thrilled. It was delicious to be home!
…continue reading the Planet Barbados article C’mon, Barbados Immigration, show me some love!