Severe machete wounds to the head may be the cause to robbery victims death

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GREAT BAY – The victim of an armed home-robbery that took place on July 13 died on Friday from his injuries. The 52-year-old man, Nassar Abbas Bashiti, suffered seriously injuries when two men robbed him from his money when he entered his apartment.

Bashiti suffered severe injuries to his head cause by hits with a machete. The robbers fled the scene after committing the crime.

Bashiti was transported to the St. Maarten Medical Center for treatment and was flown out the next day to the Dominican Republic for further treatment.

The Public Prosecutors Office and the police are asking anyone who may have information about the robbery to call the tip line 9300 or the detective department at 542-2222 ext.215/222/224

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Search intensifies as police try to find escapees that are still at large

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SXM4613 SOBIESKY MANUEL PARRONDO, born in the Dominican Republic on November 4th, 1987 and residing at Rue de Sandy Ground # 8. Suspected of murder.

SXM4632 CARLOS MIQUEL OLIVIER-RUIZ, born in the Dominican Republic on February 1st, 1984, wanted for drug trafficking.

SXM4633 MARCO DAVID SANTANA-GUERERO, born on the Dominican Republic on April 25th, 1984, wanted for drug trafficking

TDH – PHILIPSBURG–The Police Force has intensified its search for the three persons who escaped from the prison cells at the Philipsburg police station on Sunday.

Police spokesperson Inspector Ricardo Henson said on Monday that the three men were still on the loose. He said most of the neighbouring islands, including French St. Martin, have been informed of the escape.

He warned citizens that it is a crime to aid and abet criminals. The police are relying on the public for any information on the whereabouts of the escapees.

The three men from the Dominican Republic escaped from the open-air recreational area of the prison Sunday afternoon. The escapees are Sobiesky Manuel-Parrondo, born in the Dominican Republic on November 4, 1987, whose last address was Rue de Sandy Ground #8, and is suspected of murder; Miquel Olivier-Ruiz, born in the Dominican Republic on February 1, 1984, and wanted for drug-trafficking; and David Santana-Guerero born in the Dominican Republic on April 25, 1984, and wanted for drug-trafficking.

Police said the suspects are considered armed and extremely dangerous. Persons with information on the suspects can contact the police at tel. 542-2222 or 911.

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About 15,000 liable to forced labor in St. Maarten Because of human trafficking and top level officials being involved

human-trafficking-st-maarten-ilandvibez-tribune “St. Maarten is a source, transit and destination for women, children and men subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor”, the American State Department writes in its 2013 Trafficking in Persons report. “An estimated 15,000 illegal migrant workers in the country are highly vulnerable to forced domestic service and forced labor in construction, Chinese supermarkets, retail shops, security, landscaping and housekeeping.”

“There are strong indications that some of the hundreds of foreign migrant women in St. Maarten’s sex trade are subjected to debt bondage,” the report states, adding that women and girls from Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and other countries in the region are ‘the most vulnerable to becoming victims of sex trafficking.

The report also mentions women from Russia and eastern Europe as potential victims. It furthermore refers to the six-month contracts for prostitutes and to the fact that the women depend on strip club and brothel owners for their work permits.

Interestingly, the report notes that St. Maarten authorities have reported “that workers from India, Haiti, Jamaica and other Caribbean islands are subjected to exploitative conditions involving indicators of forced labor.”

Even more alarming is that “local experts” report “that St. Maarten women and girls studying in the Netherlands may be vulnerable to sex trafficking by residents of the Netherlands.”

The American report is critical of St. Maarten’s efforts to combat human trafficking. “The government of St. Maarten does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so. The government demonstrated important leadership in the region by prosecuting and convicting a sex trafficking offender and holding this perpetrator accountable with jail time.”

This last remark is a clear reference to the prosecution of Angel Priest of the Border Bar who was sentenced to 54 months imprisonment (with 18 months suspended) for trafficking women. The government had little to do with this since prosecuting criminal offenders is the prerogative of the Public Prosecutor’s Office.

The report notes that towards the end of the reporting period (towards the end of 2012) “the government launched an investigation into trafficking-related complicity involving high-level officials in the country. The government however did not prosecute any officials for trafficking-related complicity, which hampered its ability to authentically address its trafficking problem.”

The report furthermore states that “the overall lack of victim identification in St. Maarten, despite a very large vulnerable population of illegal immigrants and foreign women in prostitution, highlights the ineffectiveness of the government’s response. This lack if victim identification likely resulted in the deportation and criminalization of trafficking victims.”

The American report contains a large number of recommendations for St. Maarten. among them is this one: “Demonstrate transparency and appropriate follow-through regarding the investigation of government officials’ alleged involvement in the licensed brothels.”

Other recommendation relate to identifying and assisting potential victims of sex trafficking, the vigorous prosecution of trafficking offenders “including officials,” outreach by a Spanish speaking victim advocate, and routine health inspections at local brothels.

The report commends St. Maarten for its new penal code that contains an article that punished trafficking by 4 to 24 years of imprisonment.

But in practice, St. Maarten is dealing with potential trafficking victims in a different way. The report notes that women that escape from brothels routinely face deportation, while anti-trafficking investigations into the circumstances that inspired them to escape are not forthcoming. “The government reported that foreign trafficking victims could be granted temporary residence permits, it did not provide evidence that it issues such permits during the year. Also, the government did not report that it had a policy to protect identified victims from being punished for crimes committed as a direct result of being trafficked.”

Another point of criticism is that the government did not initiate any awareness campaigns to educate the public about sex trafficking and forced labor. The government has also not identified “incidents of foreign child sex tourism in St. Maarten,” the report concluded. – By Hilbert Haar –TSXM