June 24, 2013 (TSR- Prensa Latina) – The government of Bahamas rejected US accusations that it is a sexual tourist destination, The Nassau Guardian newspaper reported Monday.
Attorney General, Allyson Maynard-Gibson, was quoted by the newspaper as questioning the latest report by the US State Department, which said that there are cases of human trafficking and exploitation involving immigrants, in Bahamas.
However, Maynatrd-Gibson urged the public to to report any crimes related to the issue.
“There is no evidence here of child prostitution or sexual tourism”, said Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, Fred Mitchell.
In recent weeks, different officials criticised several policies and statements by the United States against their country.
In early June, Prime Minister Perry Christie deplored Washington’s plan to deport criminals, and he considered it a problem for the Caribbean.
Christie said the issue was tackled during the recent visit of US Vice president Joseph Biden to Trinidad and Tobago, where he met with regional leaders.
He highlighted that those people with extensive criminal records come to their countries of origin and cause more violence.
National Security Minister Keith Bell questioned the US authorities for issuing travel warnings to their citizens against travelling to Bahamas, due to the high rates of violence.