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Barbados Human Trafficking: Conflict of Interest in Government?

Will Health Minister Donville Inniss work against his own, and his friends’ financial interests?

Once again Barbados has been placed on the Tier 2 Watch List of the US State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons Report. That’s one rating from the bottom and puts Barbados on a peer with countries like Angola, Bangladesh, Chad and Syria.

Countries rated higher than Barbados include Pakistan, Sierra Leone and our neighbour Trinidad and Tobago. Although there are valid arguments that the US State Department’s rating process is flawed, when you read the report it is apparent that Barbados takes a very casual approach to trafficking in persons.

“We’re wondering if our country’s failure to address human trafficking is because one of our senior government ministers is closely aligned with, and profits from, the pornography industry.”

Linked: Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Porn Industry

The ties between human trafficking, prostitution and the pornography industry are well documented, so it is not out of line to say that the Barbados Government Minister in question has a conflict of interest. One of our own community leaders even documented the link between human trafficking and the porn film industry.

When Health Minister Donville Inniss votes against human trafficking, he votes against his own financial interests in profiting from the pornography industry.

There is also the matter of the Health Minister’s business associates, clients and friends in the pornography industry. If Minister Inniss votes against human trafficking, he’s voting against his associates and friends – and in a real way taking money from their pockets.

And let us not forget that some of the funding for Mr. Inniss’s election campaign came from his own profits from working with the pornography industry. What we don’t know is how much the DLP election campaign received from Mr. Inniss’s friends and porn business associates. Did they help out their old friend in his bid to get elected? Of course they did! You’d help out your friend if he or she stood for Parliament, wouldn’t you?

Why did the Barbados Government fail to criminalize all forms of Trafficking in Persons?

“The main obstacles to anti-trafficking progress in Barbados were: the new legislation’s failure to criminalize all forms of trafficking in persons; the government’s absence of formal procedures to guide officials in victim identification and assistance; and the absence of a formal mechanism to coordinate government and NGO actions on trafficking issues.”

… from the 2011 Trafficking in Persons Report

Donville Inniss, Democratic Labour Party

Health Minister Inniss and the Democratic Labour Party government have a big conflict of interest and a real stake in the continuing profitability of the pornography industry. Those campaign donations from Mr. Inniss’s friends in the porn business aren’t likely to continue if the DLP gets tough on human trafficking and interferes with the porn profits.

How much money are we talking?

The Orgasm.com website says it has paid out millions of dollars in advertising to online affiliate marketers. That is big money. The Orgasm.com trademark is registered to none other than Fiesta Catering International, Inc. and when you say “Fiesta”, the name of Donville Inniss is right there too.

We hate to tell you this, but it gets worse…

We’re not just talking “soft” porn here folks. As we’ve seen, Mr. Inniss’s Orgasm.com trademark pushes teen porn, pregnant women porn and we hate to tell you this (and I’m really thinking about how to write it here) but some of the Orgasm.com affiliates feature porn sites showing people and animals. I’ll leave it at that, but we’ve made photographs of the computer screen in case Mr. Inniss ever wants to write to WordPress and says we’re not telling the truth.

We are telling the truth about everything and we have the proof, but we’re sure not going to post it here. The Bajan news media won’t touch this even though the information is there in public online. That tells you something about the Bajan news media. Neither will Barbados Underground blog touch the story although they can see the information online too. That tells you something about the Barbados Underground blog too.

Over to you Prime Minister Stuart – as your Health Minister has made it clear by his silence that there is a cover-up in progress. Well, Mr. Inniss can cover up as much as he wants and change things around now, but we have all the computer screen photographs taken over a long period, so he can’t say it’s not so and WordPress isn’t about to take down this article because they can find the proof online just like we did.

Mr. Prime Minister – watcha gonna do ’bout this?

Next article: Following the money: Online porn and money laundering

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Why Barbados is now on Trafficking in Persons watch list – same rating as Bangladesh, Guyana, Philippines, Yemen… and below Cambodia!

Barbados downgrade the natural result of our all-talk-no-action politicians

On Monday, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the 2010 Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP) that downgraded Barbados to the Tier 2 Watch List. This downgrade is one rating above the bottom.

After reading the 2010 TIP report it is apparent that the downgrade is a result of the United States’ realisation that our Barbados government delivers fine words but little real action when it comes to fighting trafficking in persons. Oh sure, the Barbados Government had some public awareness announcements and politicians made some fine statements when the 2009 TIP Report was released, but guess what? The USA just told our politicians that talk counts for nothing. Wuhloss! What are the DLP politicians, police and immigration officials going to do now? Continue reading

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What happened with the Caribbean Child Sex Trafficking Ring mentioned online by BANGO Secretary General, Roosevelt O. King?

Have the Barbados Police acted upon the Shocking Revelations by community leader Roosevelt O. King?

On August 3, 2009 in a stunning public statement, the Secretary General of the Barbados Association of Non-Governmental Organisations revealed that he has personal knowledge of international trafficking of American girls as young as 14 years old for the purposes of prostitution and making porn movies in the Caribbean.

The BANGO official also stated that he speaks with the girls and the people who are recruiting and trafficking them and that he is flooded with emails, photos and videos from some of the girls being trafficked after they return to the United States.

BANGO Secretary General Roosevelt O. King

Writing under his own name on Barbados Underground, a local blog where he is a frequent contributor and featured author, Roosevelt O. King described how the young girls are brought from the USA to the Caribbean where they are prostituted to local men. According to Mr. King, pornographic movies are made for commercial purposes by the organisers of the trips.

Mr. King says the young girls are lured to the Caribbean with promises of “all inclusive” vacations and that the girls themselves recruit their friends for subsequent annual trips. King states that sometimes the parents offer their daughters for trafficking with full knowledge of what the “vacations” are all about.

On August 3, 2009, Mr. King wrote “Right now, I know of at least three tours going on in the Caribbean; I mean in progress as I write. None that I know of in Barbados this year; all gone to Jamaica.”

Mr. King’s statement clearly implies that the tours visited Barbados in previous years and that he is aware of this. He says he knows some of the girls. He stated that he was aware of sex tours as they were happening – not just afterward.

Did Mr. King alert the police to the sex-trafficking groups? Has he turned over the identities, emails, photos and videos of the children and young girls who are being sold so they can be rescued and their pimps charged?

According to Mr. King…

“I know some of these girls, yes. They stay in touch and I don’t even have to solicit any information from them but it is a cycle. These girls recruit and break-in young white girls to do this thing (incidentally, mothers recruit their girl children too and are proud of it…

When they get back home, they are going to be flooding me with pics and videos of themselves, etc., which incidentally I never save to my computer, so police don’t come; I have no evidence for you.”

… Roosevelt O. King, Secretary General of the Barbados Association of Non-Governmental Organisations writing at Barbados Underground blog on August 3, 2009.

Editor’s note: A photo of Mr. King’s comments appears later in our article. The comments can also be seen still posted at Barbados Underground.

Did Mr. King provide the emails, photos and videos to the police?

Each one of us has a moral duty, and sometimes a legal duty, to stop child prostitution and trafficking in persons.

In his comments, Mr. King stated that the young girls being sex trafficked had sent him emails and flooded him with “with pics and videos of themselves, etc., which incidentally I never save to my computer, so police don’t come; I have no evidence for you.”

Of course with online services like Gmail, Yahoo! or HotMail the photos, videos and emails would not be saved to Mr. King’s computer unless he did so, but they would be preserved in his online email unless he deliberately deleted them. There are also hidden files on computers where copies of photos and emails viewed on the internet are often stored even if the computer user has not downloaded the photos or emails.

Did Roosevelt O. King contact the police at the time and provide the evidence so these child prostitutes could be identified and rescued?

The public deserves a clear answer on this point from a community leader like Mr. King and from our police. We expect that the Royal Barbados Police Force would have commenced an investigation immediately upon hearing from Mr. King or reading his information on child prostitution in the Caribbean and USA.

When children are being trafficked for prostitution, “Don’t want to get involved” is not an acceptable position from anyone, let alone the leader of a public organisation like BANGO that represents citizens and citizens’ groups at various levels before our own Government and Caricom – so we expect that Mr. King did his duty and turned over the emails, videos and photos to the police so the child prostitutes can be identified and rescued.

Police Commissioner Dottin should confirm that Mr. King provided all assistance to the police.

Dear Commissioner of Police Dottin:

In light of Roosevelt O. King’s public online revelations about trafficking in child prostitutes in August of 2009, the public has a right and an interest in confirming that the police were notified by Mr. King and that he provided them with the photos, emails, videos and all relevant information about where and when he met these young girls, who was there and under what circumstances at each meeting.

We believe it is in the public interest for both BANGO and the Royal Barbados Police Force to issue a joint public statement confirming that Mr. King voluntarily approached the police and provided all assistance including the photos, videos, emails and contact information for the child prostitutes.

Mr. King may now regret being as frank as he was during a public discussion at a popular Barbados website, but what he said remains on the public record and cannot be ignored.

Trafficking in persons and child prostitution is an international fight and right now Barbados is being criticised for inaction by the international community.

We expect and demand that BANGO will immediately confirm that Secretary General Roosevelt O. King told the Royal Barbados Police Force everything he knows about this child sex trafficking ring in August of 2009 – especially the identities and contact information of the involved persons which he states he knows. We also expect that Police Commissioner Dottin will confirm that his officers interviewed Mr. King in August 2009, received his emails, photos and videos and acted upon Mr. King’s information to identify and rescue the child and teen prostitutes that Mr. King wrote about at Barbados Underground blog.

Trafficking In Persons Report confirms Mr. King’s general statements

As outrageous as Mr. King’s statements may sound to the naive, everything he says about the business of trafficking in young girls and even parental involvement is confirmed by the Trafficking in Persons Report released in June of 2009 and available on the website of the US Embassy in Barbados.

That June 2009 report criticized Barbados for not complying with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and further said…

“Expansion of the tourism industry is fueling an increased demand for commercial sex in Barbados, but the government made no noticeable efforts to reduce the demand for commercial sex acts. Barbados has not ratified the 2000 UN TIP Protocol.”

… from the Trafficking In Persons Report – June 2009 – download PDF here

Also see BFP’s September 9, 2009 article United States Vows to increase prosecution of Human Trafficking in it’s offshore territories

BANGO – Barbados Association of Non-Governmental Organisations

Roosevelt O. King, 
Secretary General – BANGO

Speaking Up – Official Blog of the Barbados Association of Non Governmental Organisations

Read the full text of Mr. King’s statements below or at Barbados Underground

Note: The photo of the sex slave at the top of our article was taken from page 42 of the June 2009 Trafficking in Persons report issued by the US Department of State as introduced by Hillary Clinton.

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United States Vows to increase prosecution of Human Trafficking in it’s offshore territories

United States accuses Barbados of “Minimal efforts” in fighting Human Trafficking

UPDATED May 16, 2010

Barbados Free Press has written a follow-up article to this story. See What happened with the Caribbean Child Sex Trafficking Ring mentioned online by BANGO Secretary General, Roosevelt O. King?

Original article published Sept 8, 2009…

United States accuses Barbados of “Minimal efforts” in fighting Human Trafficking

The US Attorney’s Office and Federal Bureau of Investigation recently announced increased efforts to prosecute of human traffickers in American offshore territories. Guam and the Northern Marianas are of particular concern because the reported incidents of human trafficking doubled over the course of two years, according to the early 2008 statistics. The Caribbean is also being given special attention as an end destination in the distribution of sex and domestic workers who are at risk – some of whom are coming from far away in the Pacific, as reported in news stories sourced from the US Department of State.

Barbados came off badly in the 2009 Trafficking in Persons Report released by the United States when the country was placed in the “Tier Two” list of “countries considered to be making minimal efforts to satisfy the United Nations’ anti-trafficking in persons’ requirement”. Our Minister of Youth, Family and Sports, Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo, dismissed the United State’s concerns that our country is not doing enough to combat human trafficking, but the published allegation by the US State Department of Barbados’ “minimal efforts” has the ring of truth to citizens who know how things work ’round this place.

Will Barbados Act?

Bajan Citizen makes public allegations of Human Trafficking from USA into The Caribbean

BANGO Secretary General Roosevelt O. King

BANGO Secretary General Roosevelt O. King

The US statement that Barbados does not do enough to combat human trafficking is now being put to the test as a prominent Barbados citizen recently posted information on a public website that he knows the identities of young girls being trafficked from the USA into the Caribbean – and that he is aware of current trafficking into Jamaica.

Writing under his own name on a local blog where he is a frequent contributor and featured author, Roosevelt O. King described how the young girls are brought from the USA to the Caribbean where they are prostituted to local men. According to Mr. King, who is Secretary General of the Barbados Association of Non-Governmental Organisations, the organisers of the trips also make pornographic movies for commercial purposes.

Although the story received heavy coverage and discussion on the Bajan internet, the mainstream Bajan news media have not reported the incident even though Mr. King’s allegations are still posted online under his own name. Certainly thousands in the Barbados online community are waiting to see if the Royal Barbados Police Force will launch an investigation or if the U.S. statement of “minimal efforts” will be proven true.

Further Reading

eTurbo News: Prosecute human traffickers

Philstar.com: Human trafficking prevalent in Caribbean islands

Human Trafficking.org: Barbados Dismisses Human Trafficking Allegations

Barbados Free Press: (Article removed by WordPress.com after complaint from BANGO – Barbados Association of Non-Governmental Organisations. Stay tuned for a further statement from Barbados Free Press.)

The Human Trafficking Project

Not For Sale

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