The Nassau Guardian contains several articles this week about the high homicide rate in the Bahamas.
11 Murders in 12 Days blasts the headlines today. All victims of hand gun violence. 80 murders in the Bahamas this year alone. A substantially higher homicide rate than anywhere in the U.S.
The newspaper articles refer to "crime has become an everyday occurrence in the capital's city center" with "a cruise ship has resorted to telling their guests not to move around with cash . . ."
This is hardly surprising to people who know the Bahamas.
Violent crime remains a major problem in Nassau. It's amazing that cruise lines like Carnival, Disney and Royal Caribbean cruise there. What parents would take their families there if they knew the true extent of the crime in this port?
But there is great money to be made by the cruise lines in this island. Unrealistically low passenger head taxes by the Bahamas means great profits for the cruise executives who load the ships up with sheep-like passengers and fleece them of their money with over-priced drinks and cruise excursions.
It's a problem we have written about lots of time both in Bahamas and the Caribbean. Warning: U.S. Citizen Murdered in Nassau - Cruise Passengers Urged to Avoid Travel to the Bahamas!
A knowledgeable blogger recently summed up the mess in Nassau:
The social fabric of the Bahamas is being undone, and nothing can fix it. Crime is out of control. The scary part is that they will kill you after they rob you. An American tourist was shot dead two weeks ago. You take your life into your own hands when you visit the Bahamas.
My view? It's only a matter of time before an unsuspecting cruise passenger becomes one of the homicide statistics.