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JAMAICA | Woman denied entry to T&T complains of inhumane treatment

Featured Piarco International Airport, Trinidad and Tobago Piarco International Airport, Trinidad and Tobago
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica July 5, 2018- Against the background discussions surrounding the free movement of CARICOM nationals at the  Heads of Government meeting being held in Montego Bay, the Jamaica Observer newspaper is reporting yet another Jamaican complaining of inhumane treatment by immigration authorities after being denied entry to Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday.

The Observer report says the Jamaican woman along with her four month old son, was detained by immigration officers when she arrived at Piarco International Airport in Port of Spain on Caribbean Airlines flight BW458 shortly after 7:00 pm on Saturday, June 30.

She had gone to visit her son's father who is a Trinidadian and who was expecting their arrival.

She told the Observer  that she was spoken to in a derogatory manner by one of the immigration officers, who locked her and her four-month-old son in a room with six Venezuelans for several hours.

The Jamaican woman said she explained the nature of her business in Trinidad, however she was denied entry and refused to allow her to contact her baby's father who was waiting outside.

She told the Observer she had to borrow a fellow traveller's phone to make a call to him to explain her unfortunate dilemma.

“My baby was screaming and I was out of formula. I was not expecting to be in the airport that long. It was a frightening experience for me. I had never been through such a humiliating situation. I have been to other countries and I have never experienced what I did at Piarco,” she said.

“I started crying because I was confused, because I didn't have any warm water to make him a bottle, and I couldn't breastfeed because I hadn't eaten. About 20 minutes later, she took away my passports. She called me back to the counter and said to me that I was denied entry into Trinidad. I asked why I was denied entry, but she didn't answer. She told me to go back and sit around the back. She didn't tell me that I didn't meet the requirements for entry. She just ordered me to sit around the back. I obeyed,” the woman related.

“I got back my passports when I arrived in Jamaica. From the time I land in Trinidad until I arrived in Jamaica they didn't give me a cup of water. I couldn't breastfeed my child on a hungry stomach. I was so weak I was taken around in a wheelchair at the airport. They had me in a room so cold I had to wrap my baby in two blankets. The blankets mildewed right there in the airport because of how cold it was. I have never been so embarrassed in my entire life,” the woman said.

When she arrived in Jamaica the agrieved woman said she contacted an attorney and made a report to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

 

 

  • Countries: Jamaica

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