Cubans coming to Saint Lucia to be smuggled into US

Cubans coming to Saint Lucia to be smuggled into US

Cubans are coming to Saint Lucia to be smuggled by go-fast boats and cataramans  into the United States via Saint Maarten and the British Virgin Islands, an INTERPOL sponsored  investigative skills to combat human trafficking course being held in Saint Lucia has been told.

Inspector Troy Lamontagne of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) told the opening session of the event yesterday at the Bay Gardens Beach hotel, that there has been a new discovery of persons from the Dominican Republic disembarking cruises in order to be smuggled to the United States.

However he said that the authorities here will continue to work with partner agencies to disrupt, and where possible, prosecute persons who facilitate human trafficking or smuggling activities.

The law enforcement official told the training session here that based on intelligence and investigation, Saint Lucia is a source, transit and destination country for trafficking in human beings, as well as a transit point for migrant smuggling.

“These are not glamourous classifications to be associated with, especially if the country is not doing all that is legally possible to fight the problem,” Lamontagne said.

He noted that although for four consecutive years Saint Lucia has been on the watch list of the United States State Department as a Tier Two country, this Island has come a long way.

Lamontagne explained that countries on the Tier Two watch list are considered as nations that do not meet the minimum standard in eliminating human trafficking.

However he observed that Saint Lucia has enacted legislation criminalising human trafficking and has taken institutional measures to implement the legislation.

Lamontagne recalled that the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force in 2014 launched an operation to rescue six Ukrainian and Russian Federation nationals who were employed here as sex workers.

But he told the training session that the victims did not cooperate with law enforcement and their request to be repatriated was honoured.

Lamontagne said several other operations followed, most notably the Lambirds Academy investigation which was recently partially resolved in the High Court, with the victims being reimbursed money that was taken from them.

 

 

 

 

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16 Comments

  1. Ginny
    February 21, 2017 at 5:08 pm Reply

    This is why I support my President. Countries need to control their affairs. Now St Lucia has to wake up.

    1. Anon1
      February 22, 2017 at 10:29 am Reply

      “Your President” lets see how much your President supports YOU!

      Tanto Tanto

  2. Eyes wide shut
    February 21, 2017 at 5:34 pm Reply

    A bunch of gibberish. Cuba is much closer to the US, St Martin and the Virgin Islands. Who’s dumb enough to come to St lucia which is way further and will make the journey more difficult and expensive…

    1. Anonymous
      February 23, 2017 at 8:28 am Reply

      With all due respect…u need to understand that the trip from Cuba to Miami is more dangerous cause the have to go on small boats in a sea full of sharks…I suggest u study the migration situation of Cubans before having such an opinion…is easier for them to come here to other islands or even make a very dangerous journey thru southamerica to reach mexico….I also suggest that u read about the law that gave a lot of benefits to Cubans and now Trump decided that is not possible anymore….going to st marteen is better cause is an american territory and they can ask for asylum…of course… That was before the law being banned….anyways…study and read…cause that opinion there show lack of knowledge on the Cuban situation….seriously

  3. Cascadela
    February 21, 2017 at 5:48 pm Reply

    WELL GOOD EVERYOKE ANGRY AT DONALD TRUMP WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THE IMPLICATIONS ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION BRINGS ESPECIALLY ATRRACTING THE WRONG PEOPLE. EVERY COUNTRY HAS ITS SHARE OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS BUT THE OVER POPULATION OF ILLEGALS THOSE WHO GO TO FOREIGNER COUNTRIES GETTING INVOLVE IN ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES USING FAKE IDS..TAMPERING WITH SOMEONES PERSONAL IDENTITY..ST LUCIA ITS TIME TO WAKE UP AS ITS NO LONGER THE 80S..ITS ABOUT TIKE CARIBBEAN NATIONS WAKE UP AS YOU CAN NO LONGER DEPEND ON THE US OR FOREIGN COUNTRIES FOR AID..ITS STARTS IN YOUR BACK YARD START CLEANING UP YOUR OWN MESS..ALL YOUR ILLEGAL CRIMINALS WILL BE DUMP RIGHT BACK TO YOU..HOW ON EARTH YOU CAN ALLOW HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN A COUNTRY ALREADY OVERBURDENED WITH DEBT ,UNEMPLOYMENTHOW CAN YOU ALLOW VENEZUELANS CUBANS, THOSE FROM.DOMINICAN REPUBLIC IT WILL SOON BE IRAQ..WHAT A MESS ALREADY THE GUYANESE TOOK OVER OUR SMALL ISLAND NOW HERE YOU GO WITH THE INEFFICIENCY OF GOVERNMENT..SOONEE A.LATER STLUCIANS WILL START PROTESTING THEY WANT THEIR COUNTRY BACK..WE CANNOT ALLOW OUR SMALL ISLAND TO BE VOLATILE TO STRANGERS I DONT CARE THEY SAY ITS NEIGHBOURS,THERE IS A NEED TO CONTROL BORDERS AND CANNOT ALLOW OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM TO BE CAUGGT INA LOOP HOLE..SOON ST LUCIA WILL BE SANCTIONED VISAS WILL NOT BE GIVEN TO ST LUCUANS IF TGE GOVERNMENT CANNOT CONTROL SUCH CRITICAL A CRITICAL AREA..ALLOWING OUR BORDERS TO BE OPEN WE PUTTING OUR LIVES IN DANGER TAKE HEED ST LUCIA

    1. The Crow
      February 21, 2017 at 5:56 pm Reply

      Just like your response, your capitalized gibberish is difficult to comprehend. Ever heard of lowercase?

      1. Funny people
        February 21, 2017 at 9:19 pm Reply

        Haahaahaa….

      2. Anon1
        February 22, 2017 at 10:18 am Reply

        Lol lol lo lol lol quality The Crow

    2. Anon1
      February 22, 2017 at 10:25 am Reply

      Can you say that again but in English and LOWE CASE.

      You need to take the “Caps Lock” off its the button on your keyboard which has “Caps Lock” written on it.

      Do you honestly think countries allow illegal immigrants in!

      Some you’ll in the US with Green Cards think you’ll save from the Donald Duck…

      Listen if Cubans are leaving Cuba (90 miles off Florida) to come to St Lucia to then be smuggled into the States.

      Then id like to meet the smuggler and shake him or her hands.

      Who said Lucians aren’t resourceful.

  4. Anonymous
    February 21, 2017 at 5:58 pm Reply

    That pair of sneakers in the photo gave me a new idea. Since we have a hotel chain called Sandals why not have one called Sneakers.

    1. MR COCO
      February 21, 2017 at 6:51 pm Reply

      The cubans could work there. Maybe the lambirds too.

    2. Funny people
      February 21, 2017 at 9:22 pm Reply

      Why… because there are enough sneaky people on the island? ?? Lol

  5. Anonymous
    February 21, 2017 at 8:54 pm Reply

    Many are entering through Dophin, la borne / of monchy.check it out..

  6. Clarke
    February 21, 2017 at 10:23 pm Reply

    Your President has violated the constitution with just after one month in office. He has been overrule by a federal judge and anger countries around the world! Yet is stupid people like you who blindly and recklessly follow him. America should clean up there mess before dealing with other countries issues.

  7. Just saying
    February 21, 2017 at 10:48 pm Reply

    Things are already tough on us as it is worh this impacs stuff and you come out making a claim like this. Dont you know people are watching. Hope you have evidence to support your claim. Because mr brilliant man you just gave the us even more of a reason to keep messing youll up. Youll need to know what is inside stuff and whats outside stuff. Let me break it down for youll dummies so youll will understand. Know what to discuss internally and what the hell to say when the media is around. This aint no joke

    1. Anonymous
      February 22, 2017 at 7:31 am Reply

      Agreed

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