Sex slavery, a most brutal and sadistic crime, is being forced on children and women worldwide. Barbados is no exception. Furthermore it seems that the standard Barbados response to the crime is to deport the victims and drop the charges against the perpetrators. In general, the Bajan justice system appears to be handicapped by its inability to collect and maintain evidence. Can we help these victims get justice?


Stories Abound On the Net …


A million sex-slaves in Asia! 5,000 child sex slaves in UK! Women for sale in the Gatwick [London, UK] slave auctions! Sex trade’s reliance on forced labour - $31billion industry. More than 100,000 Ukrainian women, many of them minors, have been trapped and enslaved as prostitutes in the West. China: Once they crossed the border, they were brought to a village where they were broken in — beaten with bamboo sticks, raped and told that they would have to work as prostitutes. 

Closer to home, the Trinidad & Tobago Guardian expressed indignation: “Human trafficking is a global disease and it feeds on the greed of immoral and insensitive monsters who make dinosaurs look like baby rabbits in an Edenic farm.” What about Barbados?


U.S. Dept. of State ranks Barbados among “Special Cases” of Human Trafficking!


Source: State Dept.,  June 4, 2008 - Trafficking in Persons Report, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

Barbados remains a special case for a second consecutive year due to a sustained lack of adequate information indicating a significant number of trafficking victims within the country. However, limited reporting continues to suggest the existence of some human trafficking in Barbados. Although reliable data from either the government or international organizations remains lacking, the Government of Barbados has been proactive in prosecuting a few suspected traffickers and making efforts to prevent new incidents of trafficking. A more effective government response would include enactment of national anti-trafficking laws and greater efforts to protect victims, particularly development of a pre-deportation mechanism for identifying trafficking victims among undocumented migrants and detainees. 

What does the above article say? There are “a significant number of trafficking victims” in Barbados, and the Government has been ineffective in controlling it. 


Barbados Trafficking


There was the Geoffrey Ullyett case. Ullyett of Barbados, “did not plead to the charge that between October 23 and December 4, for the purpose of gain, he exercised control over the movement of Ukranians Olha Sheherbakova and Anzhela Pantelo in a way that showed that he aided and abetted in prostitution.” Nation News Archives. It has been rumoured, but never substantiated, that Ullyett had some very powerful clients who exercised their influence over the Barbados courts. See the resolution of this and other Bajan cases in the next section.


UNHCR: UN Refugee Agency Report on Barbados


2007 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - Barbados


In March regional security forces dismantled a human trafficking ring destined for Barbados, which involved victims of human trafficking as young as 13 and 14 years old. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police senior liaison officer for the region confirmed that the principal organizers of the ring were from Barbados and Guyana while the number of the girls originated from China and Russia, as well as from throughout the region.

Authorities prosecuted two trafficking-related cases. In January a court acquitted racecar driver Geoffrey Ullyett of 2006 charges of aiding and abetting prostitution. The government had deported immediately the two Ukrainians allegedly involved in prostitution, and other key witnesses were no longer in the country.

In March a court convicted an India-based construction company for trafficking foreign nationals and fined the firm $1,000 (BDS$2,000). In May 2006 authorities had filed criminal charges against the firm when illegal workers protested their working conditions; the government immediately deported the workers.

Although prostitution is illegal, a number of brothels with women from Guyana, the Dominican Republic, and other Caribbean islands operated in the country. The police and immigration officers periodically raided brothels and deported women found working illegally. There were anecdotal reports of government officials [the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) was in power in 2007] involved in labor and sex trafficking.

Laudably, the current Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Administration is proposing legislation to deal with human trafficking. (see: Barbados Minister Dr. Esther Byer-Suckoo Exhibits Leadership and Courage in Tackling Human Trafficking)

Thirty years ago it was rumoured that Nelson Street brothels were importing prostitutes, and then taking away their passports to control their movements. The abuse of women continues. Will the proposed DLP legislation send a strong signal, or will it be a watered-down PR piece?

The common perception is that women become prostitutes because of the lure of the money. The truth may be far more sinister. I beg you to watch the two YouTube videos below. Our sisters in Barbados and all over the world need our help desperately.


Cambodia: CHILD SEX SLAVERY (1of2) [EN&KH]


Cambodia: CHILD SEX SLAVERY (2of2) [EN&KH]



Let us confront those who traffic in sex slaves and free these poor unfortunates!


Here is a fellow Wordpress blogger helping these poor unfortunates: “International Sanctuary works to restore girls rescued from human trafficking and forced prostitution.”

Together, we will make a difference!