Jet Ski Operator Sexually Assaults Canadian Tourist in Nassau, Bahamas

 A jet ski operator in Nassau, Bahamas sexually assaulted a Canadian woman near Paradise Island yesterday afternoon, according to the Nassau Tribune.

The crime reportedly occurred after 1.30 P.M. on a cay near Cabbage Beach. The newspaper indicates that a jet ski operator took the young woman (in her twenties) on a ride from Cabbage Beach to a cay off Paradise Island where he sexually assaulted her.

An employee of the Atlantis resort told the newspaper that he observed the woman, shortly after the incident, crying and shaking on the beach. She indicated that the jet ski operator took her to a nearby cay Cruise Port Nassau Bahamaswhere he raped her. The news account says that the other jet ski operators"... don’t like him because he has a bad reputation. He has been accused before of groping a woman on the beach."

Over a half-dozen women have reported being assaulted by jet ski operators on Cabbage Beach in Nassau, Bahamas. The U.S. Embassy has warned of this specific danger several times. A year ago we wrote that, according to the U.S. Embassy, jet ski operators sexually assaulted five tourists in just 18 months

Bahamian officials previously discussed using police and Royal Bahamas Defence Force officers to patrol the beaches on Paradise Island to address the crime problem, but such plans never materialized.

Many passengers cruise to Nassau under the illusion that it is a tropical paradise. But the truth is that Nassau has been the subject of more critical crime warning that any other cruise destination in the world. The Bahamas has a far higher rate of rape and murder than any U.S. port where passengers embarked for a cruise. The cruise lines don't issue warnings before selling cruises to Nassau but typically warn their guests of the high crime rate there only during the cruise.

The Nassau Tribune has written about the rape of tourists by jet ski operators before.

The National Task Force for Gender Based Violence, Bahamas had the worst record for rapes in the Caribbean. The report stated that "while the worldwide average for rape is 15 per 100,000, The Bahamas has an average of 133 (per 100,000)." The rate in the U.S. Is somewhere around 28.6 per 100,000. There are almost 5 times as many rapes in the Bahamas as in the U.S. per capita rate.

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June 15, 2017 Update: It seems that history is repeating itself

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Shawn roche - June 14, 2017 4:29 PM

Shame on the Bahamian government.

Cruise Lines, my question to you...why do you even sail to Nassau? It's dangerous and boring! All cruise lines, well most, have their own private islands. Skip Nassau! We don't need our women to be harassed and assaulted. It sickens me

Shawn roche - June 14, 2017 7:20 PM

Shame on the Bahamian government.

Cruise Lines, my question to you...why do you even sail to Nassau? It's dangerous and boring! All cruise lines, well most, have their own private islands. Skip Nassau! We don't need our women to be harassed and assaulted. It sickens me

Alicia - June 14, 2017 11:01 PM

I was also raped in this exact same fashion twenty years ago. The police did not take it seriously or even persue the leads I gave them. hopefully they will this time. I hope this poor woman is not afraid to speak up. It is time we demand authorities on the beach. this has been going on two long

Frederick Nightingale - June 30, 2017 7:37 PM

Thank you for posting this information.
This disgusting level of crime needs to be completely cleaned up. Until then women need to give this place a miss.

Wayne - July 1, 2017 2:26 PM

The Bahamas...HAHAHAHAHAHA...you must be joking? Ever since Britain left, the place is a filthy crime ridden ghetto...the Bahamas...HAHAHAHAHA! You might as well visit the South Bronx,NYC, same as the Bahamas but with nice beaches full of trash.

Ariel - July 12, 2017 6:43 AM

I just came from a 4 day cruise with my wife, my14 years old daughter and 2 of her friend. I was horrified to see how this guys at the scooter rental were basically molesting by touching and hugging and grabbing 2 blond girls that were at least 15 years old. They also will randomly look at my girls and I was alert to make sure non of this idiots will try to get even near my family. I don't think royal Caribbean gives 3 craps about this situations since is they didn't say anything about it. There is no law enforcement or anything patrolling this are and that's the reason this scumbags do whatever they want. The 2 girls were basically afraid and trying get away from them and this was happening right on front of everybody. This locals were at least one in its 40s and the other in its 20s I even stop what I was doing and stated to look at them and they didnt care. I will definitely will take another cruise line with different destination and not this place that is a risk for your family mental and physical safety. Be aware of this drunk low life scum bastard

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