A family friend of the woman who said she was kidnapped and brought to Saint Lucia to be a sex slave, has been speaking about the matter.
Fabienne Fermin told St Lucia Times that before leaving Martinique, the woman, whom we shall call ‘Marie-Claude’ said she was travelling to Saint Lucia with some male individuals and some other females who were to become strippers at a club here.
Fermin and members of Marie Claude’s family, including her father and mother, were recently in Saint Lucia with the intention of taking her back home to Martinique where she had been reported missing.
However, the family friend explained that they were told by law enforcement officials here that the matter was under investigation, so they left here without ‘Marie Claude’.
“All we know is that she probably got beaten up while in Saint Lucia by some people – we don’t know,” Fermin told St Lucia Times via telephone from Martinique.
She said the missing woman was first at custody suites and then transferred to another facility where police said she was in ‘protective custody’ because she was exhibiting suicidal tendencies.
Fremin revealed that ‘Marie Claude’ is bipolar and did not have her medication from the time she left Martinique.
“So right now she is going off,” the family friend explained.
“When we reached (Saint Lucia) she did not know any of us. She said she could not recognize her sister, her father. She was just like ‘Who are these people? I don’t know them,’” Fermin recalled.
“Right now she is thinking that she is a Queen or whatever – she is from Venezuela, but that’s just the sickness.”
According to Fermin, ‘Marie Claude’s’ grandmother is from Venezuela.
“We suspect that she had – they have some fellows that are doing prostitution. We suspect that, but we are not too sure about that because whenever she is going through the phase where she is right now she says things that never happened, or she says things that happened a long time ago,” Fremin told St Lucia Times.
She said that contrary to earlier reports, ‘Marie Claude’ is not 16 years old, but 32 years of age.
Fremin told St Lucia Times that the woman is unmarried and has no children.
She expressed her deep gratitude to the female member of staff of the Castries Constituency Council (CCC) who rescued ‘Marie Claude’ in the Leslie Land area recently, organized food, clothing and shelter for her and summoned the police.
“The family is so glad that she helped her. Our thanks for her hospitality. Thanks, thanks and thanks, because without her she would be dead by now,” Fermin declared.