Nassau BahamasThree Shots In Just 12 Hours reads the headlines in the Tribune newspaper today. Other articles in the local newspapers in Nassau include Tourist: I was Victim of Sex Attack by Jet Ski Operators.

The U.S. Embassy in Nassau has issued a warning to U.S. citizens of the danger of women (including girls) being sexually assaulted by jet ski operators on Paradise Island near the Atlantis resort.  

The murder count in the Bahamas just reached 106 for the year and is rising. Last year 111 people were murdered there. The body count will exceed that number this month. The vast majority of the homicides involved local citizens and occurred in Nassau (New Providence) with a population of only 250,000.  By contrast Miami-Dade County has a total population of 5,500,000 with only 229 murders (Miami-Dade has twenty-two times as many people and only twice as many murders as Nassau).

Compounding the problem is the inability of the local police in the Bahamas to solve these crimes and prosecute the criminals. The same police officers who can’t solve a crime when a U.S. tourist is robbed at gunpoint in downtown Nassau are often tasked with investigating crimes on Bahamian-flagged cruise ships.

Cruise lines like Carnival, Disney, NCL and Royal Caribbean register many of their cruise ships in Nassau to avoid U.S. taxes, labor laws and safety regulations. By flying "flags of convenience," the Miami-based cruise ships divest the U.S. authorities  from law enforcement duties. In cases where U.S. citizens are victims, the FBI has special maritime jurisdiction and are permitted to become involved (although the FBI rarely does).

But when the victim is not a U.S. citizen (over 95% of the crew are not) the FBI has no jurisdiction and the responsibility to investigate crime on Bahamian-flagged ship falls to the Bahamas. 

This is, of course, an absolute joke. There are well over a thousand ships registered in the Bahamas, including not only cruise ships but tankers, bulk carriers, and cargo ships of all types. Does anyone really think that the local police in Nassau have the interest or resources to fly to Bahamian cruise Bahamas Flag of Convenienceships around the world and solve crimes when they can’t solve a crime when a tourist is assaulted in front of their own police station?

I have never heard of the police in Nassau ever solving a single crime on a Bahamian-flagged cruise ship.  But if you are a crew member from the Philippines assaulted by another crew member from Central America, it’s the Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) who has jurisdiction. The BMA won’t do anything but may (but usually not) delegate responsibility to the Nassau police. The local police, in turn, will simply not show up.

Royal Caribbean’s newest cruise ship, the Quantum of the Seas, has dominated the news as of late. There’s endless news about all of the technological marvels on the ship. But Royal Caribbean registered the ship in crime-infested Nassau.  When the first violent crime occurs on the Quantum, don’t expect anyone from the Bahamas to show up and investigate.

 

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  • Johnsong

    I am always reading your articles. I have found that they are always negative. What is your problem with the Bahamas? Yes there is crime, in New Providence that is, which I might clarify is an island within the Bahamas, it is NOT the Bahamas. I am getting from your opinion, you would have all cruise ships leave the ports of the Bahamas. Obviously your opinion is skewed. It is unfair, that you would continuously do this. My guess, you perhaps tried to achieve something in the Bahamas and was not successful. Perhaps you should not have such a bias view and maybe one time try and have a more positive opinion. Despite your negative opinion, the Bahamas is a beautiful place to visit. Most certainly an awesome place to take a vacation. It is most certainly the mouth of madness that you portrait.

  • William Engel

    I have lived and worked on Roatan for over twenty years, recently leaving after completing construction of a resort called The Lost Moose. I was a scuba instructor there and know pretty much everyone and their skeletons, if you ever need background for your stories give me a buzz. I am a writer as well.

  • K.Inglis

    The Atlantis hotel is such a con job hotel, for years they having been fooling the public into thinking they own their own beach, they don’t. The beach is public government property, so anyone can go there and do business at will. Most of the jet ski operators are gang members, with police records and have no respect for any type of safety laws or laws in general. Last year my girlfriend’s sister was almost raped by one of these punks at the Atlantis hotel. But she yelled as loud as she could and two German tourist can to her rescue. The Bahamian punk ran away, but she swears she recognized him before as a jet ski owner. When the police was called, first of all it took them 2 hours to arrive. And then when they questioned her about the incident, they kept implying if she provoked the young man with her sexy bathing suit. She was so outraged that the police were trying to blame the situation on her, that she asked them to leave her sight. I warned her about the corruption and disrespect of tourist in the Bahamas, but she didn’t listen to me and still went. Now she is changed forever, won’t go out at night as much as she once did, doesn’t trust males anymore, she’s constantly looking out her window as if someone was stalking her. And her sister tells me she’s been having terrible nightmares since this happened and is seeing a shrink now.If anyone out there is reading this, don’t listen to me, you don’t know me at all. But Mr. James Walker is a respected well known attorney who warns you everyday, because he cares about his fellow human being, listen to him, it’s all the truth that he tells you. No where in the Bahamas is it safe right now, no where, Bahamians don’t even safe anymore in their own country.

  • Jay Shaw

    It’s so sad how crime is affecting Bahamians. Tourist are not really affected.

    “The murder count in the Bahamas just reached 106 for the year and is rising. Last year 111 people were murdered there.” Zero, yes 0, Americans!

    So sad…

  • The Truth Shall Set You Free

    Mr. Walker you are the typical spoiled arrogant person, that feels superior to other people of the world because you are from Amerikkka. This post is full of bias and Ignorance. I have so much that I can point out to expose you but ill try keep it brief.

    (1st point) Miami Dade is a large city, a large city, has large areas of positive successful people that are not in poverty or surrounded by crime. In contrast my lovely country’s Capital is one of the smallest Islands of the Country. It is so small that the poverty stricken bad areas are right next to the positive areas(paradise Island Atlantis ect.) this explains why you will find some bad minded jet skiers and whatever crime.

    (2nd point) Most of the violence here and murders are HITS placed on people, or gang related killings on other members of a gang. NOT innocent civilingus or tourists.So for the most part the common man is SAFE!! (you should understand this because of the high level of crime in Chicago and Detroit) The hits are placed on people who obviously stole money or killed someone. My point here is ONLY bad people are dying, and the positive people of the society are in good hands.

    (3rd point) You make my country seem so violent but Amerikkka is killing thousnads if not millions of innocent people every year in the middle east,*look it up* and in Africa because of the ebola virus* yes Amerikkka made ebola to make money off of medicine and vaccines just like AIDS) Next, 911 was planned out by you guessed it ! Amerikkka! Not only were its own citizens killed but it was framed on the people of the middle east and the Fake war on terror was created! Thus, Amerikkkan soilders going into the middle East and killing even more innocent people just so Amerikkka could steal its resources, (its all for the money).. *CONCLUSION* So Mr. Walker for you to create a post on this website and place this biased information about the Bahamas on FB for the world to see is truly DISGUSTING! Especially coming from a biased Amerikkkan that has some secret agenda against the Bahamas.

    P.S I love all countries on this planet and all people I just hate BullSh*t and must point it out! Thank you for reading I hope I educated you! Stay awake and wise ladies and gentlemen!

  • “The Truth:”

    You’re a nutcake . . .

  • tinikini

    To “The Truth Shall Set You Free”:

    I take offense as an American of your intentional misspelling of my country’s name and its reference to the KKK.

    Would you like it if I called your islands the Bahomicides??? And you love all people and all countries??? I think not. Just wanted to point out YOUR BullSh*t. Maybe now YOU have been educated a little!! Thanks for reading!!!

  • Henry1

    So let me get this straight Mr.-” The Truth”. All the home invasions that are and have taken place are all hits on murderers? So these people who are sleeping in the middle of the night, their front doors kicked in, get’s murdered protecting their families, robs them, are all killers too, this is what you want us to belive? Sorry Mr. Walker, and I won’t blame you for not printing my comment, but this is the stupidest fuckin Bahamian of that dumbass nation! You are a complete asshole, your remakes are almost laughable, but not, because humans are being killed and you think it’s o.k. for tourist and happy fuckin clowns with balloons to just ignore what’s happening around them. And how about the innocent people that get in the way of gang warfare, are they murders too? You have just showed the World what most Bahamians think and feel about AMERICA, dumbass! We don’t need you, and now, we don’t want you, and in the future if you piss us off , we just may own you!

  • Marianne

    Andre Cartwright may he rest in peace was hardly a drug dealer or murderer when he was killed by home invaders trying to protect his elderly parents during a home invasion in an upscale gated community. Neither was the American mother with 2 small children who lived 5 doors away and traded her life and the lives of her children with her wedding ring and a lap top computer . Mr truth is ” on glue” in my view .

  • The Seven Star General

    Mr.Walker, The emerging New Republic Of Haiti mysterious foundation was laid on July 7th 1943 with the grisly ritualistic murder of Sir Harry Oakes by Ural Farquharson the Bokor Haitian hired helper who is indeed the proud headteacher pedophile father of Paul H.Farquharson. The Haitian cabal under Paul in policing and Hubert Ingraham in politics are proud of their vodou tradition for advancing the agenda Article 12 of Haitian Constitution 1805 No whiteman of whatever nation he may be, shall put his foot on this territory with the title of master or proprietor, neither shall he in future acquire any property therein.Vodou tradition – the highest or most desirable being that of the powerful person, and the lowest or least desirable being that of the powerless person. Power is defined as the ability to do what one wishes, obtain wealth, make others perform desired actions even against their will, or harm others without being punished or harmed in return. The proof of power is the individual’s material wealth, or social and political status.In the Vodou tradition, a victim is by definition in the wrong. The lwa have shown their preference for the victimizer by giving that person more power than the victim. A victimized individual is an object of derision, feels shame, and supplicates the lwa in order to obtain power to wreak vengeance on the aggressor. Misfortune of any kind is always the fault, at least in part, of the person upon whom it falls, because that person failed to adequately protect himself.

  • debbie mckenzie

    having lived in nassau and outislands the difference is like being in two different countries. The outislands have little crime but nassau is overcrowded because there is no work elsewhere and ltos of people are living in poverty, new providence is too small and frustrations build when poor live right next to millionaires and most of them are rich foreigners, locals start to get hostile towards foreigners coming in to the country because they are insecure, too many foreigners swamp the country and the locals lose their identity. which is understandable. there is nothing that the foreigners can do if anything bad happens and if the foreigner complains it will fall on deaf ears and never get resolved. Foreigners visiting the Bahamas which happens to be the most beautiful place in the world and i have traveled extensively need to realize that they are entering a different country, it is not an extension of the US and how it is there is not how it is in the us and you have no rights really even though you think you do,, only Bahamians do.. Bahamians look after Bahamians not foreigners, so stop bitching, enjoy your time there and act like you are visiting the bronx or the hood in paradise where the rules are the same, people in the hood look after people in the hood,if a Bahamian strolled up in the hood and wore a load of expensive jewelry and flashed his cash you think he would be any safer in the US, no he probably be stabbed and mugged for his possessions… be aware of where you are and you will be fine. most killings are local on local, over drugs and women. So when you on the street dont make yourself a target.

  • My Bahama land

    No matter how you ppl try it would not work the Bahamas will forever be bless. You really don’t want to see us fail . because we right next to yall.that means the flood gate will open. And we will become opportunist. If you have a personal problem with this country why put things in other ppl head.is just pure evil to try and bring down a nation. With lies.you created a hold website just to down grade us.ppl be bless and in god we trust

  • KNUT HANSÉN

    DEAR ALL OF YOU…THIS SITE IS REALLY GOOD AND ITS TRUE.. I MYSELF HAS BEEN EADIOOFICER / TECHNICIAN ON CRUISESHIP,1984, FROM MIAMI AND AROUND AS WEEK CRUISE WITH MV
    SOUTHWARD…AND FOLLOWING WHAT HAPPENING…AND ITS NOT GOOD WITH THESE “FLAGS”, PANAMA, BAHAMAS AND OTHERS…

    THEY ARE MAINLY USED TO AVOID ALL TAXES, REGULATIONS, LABORS ETC…NOT ONLY US TAXES ETC…

    I WILL SEND SOME DOCUMENTS REVEALED FOR A FEW YEARS AGO ONBOARD “ALLURE OF THE SEAS” AND ITS A SHAME OF VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS FOR THE CREW ONBOARD…

    BEST
    REGARDS
    KH
    TROMSÖ
    NORTH NORWAY

  • KNUT HANSÉN

    DEAR ALL OF YOU…THIS SITE IS REALLY GOOD AND ITS TRUE… I MYSELF HAS BEEN RADIOOFICER/TECHNICIAN ON CRUISESHIP,
    1984, FROM MIAMI AND AROUND AS WEEK CRUISE WITH MV SOUTHWARD…AND FOLLOWING WHAT HAPPENING…AND ITS NOT GOOD WITH THESE “FLAGS”, PANAMA, BAHAMAS AND OTHERS…

    THEY ARE MAINLY USED TO AVOID A L L TAXES, REGULATIONS, LABORS ETC…NOT ONLY US TAXES ETC…

    I WILL SEND SOME DOCUMENTS REVEALED FOR A FEW YEARS AGO ONBOARD “ALLURE OF THE SEAS” AND ITS A SHAME OF VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS FOR THE CREW ONBOARD…

    BEST
    REGARDS
    KH
    TROMSÖ
    NORTH NORWAY

  • jim prow

    are cruise ships registering their ships in foreign countries more for the tax benefit or to protect themselves from law suits? or equally both?

    it there an email address to subscribe to your web site?

    thanks