The Tribune newspaper in the Bahamas has a headline Lawyer Says Nassau ‘Is A Dangerous Dump.’ It quotes me talking about Nassau, something I have done in the past when the Nassau Guardian quoted me saying that the Bahamas are ‘one gunshot away’ from cruise line exit.
My personal opinions about the problems in Nassau are irrelevant, of course. There is no dispute that Nassau has a major crime problem. Just read the Bahamas Tribune (which I do every day) or the Nassau Guardian, Bahamas Weekly or other Bahamian newspapers. Cruise passengers and crew members contact me regularly about what’s happening in Nassau. Insiders at the cruise lines are not happy with Nassau as a port of call. Serious crime, rape and murder, is a daily occurrence. Why any family sailing from Miami gets off the cruise ship in Nassau is beyond me.
Since Friday, the Tribune reported on a half dozen murders and a dozen shootings in the Bahamas.
That’s a lot of dead people and gunshot victims. There are only around 250,000 people in Nassau (New Providence) and only around 330,000 people in all of the 700 or so Bahamian islands (New Providence, Grand Bahama, the family islands, etc.) The murder count for the year is already well over 100 with three and a half months to go. That’s to be compared with around 225 murders or so a year in Metro Miami-Dade which has 5,500,000 people, 22 times more than Nassau. This year there will be a record murder count in the Bahamas. 2015 will go down in history as the most murderous year in the history of the Bahamas. Until 2016, of course.
Crimes against U.S., Canadian or British citizens in Nassau are rarely solved. Within the last two years, the murders of American sailor Kyle Bruner, American student Mason Hart, British diving instructor Gary Vanhoeck, British tourist Edgar Dart, and retired Canadian doctor Geoffrey Harding have not been solved, There are no arrests following assaults, robberies, thefts and muggings of Americans. The police in Nassau never arrest criminals or child predators on cruise ships flagged in Nassau.
The U.S. Embassy and the U.S. State Department routinely warn about the threat of criminal violence in Nassau.
But most families flying or cruising into Nassau don’t know of the incredible violence there. And I will keep warning, to whomever listens, of the risks in this dangerous dump.
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