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Jamaican, Sonya King’s, Horrific Experience at GAIA


CARIBBEAN/JAMAICA (Naked Departure) — SONYA KING — THERE is yet another negative report pointed at Barbados’ immigration officers at the Grantley Adams International Airport.

Sonya King recounted what she describes as a horrific ordeal endured by herself and her 14-month-old son Kaleb Joseph Saturday night leading into early Sunday morning, when they sought entry into the country.

When King, a Jamaican, contacted the Jamaica Observer she explained that she has lived in Trinidad & Tobago for the past four years, but decided that she wanted to visit Barbados along with her son, for the experience.

“I always hear people talk bad about Barbados immigration system but we have a saying in Jamaica that ‘puss and dog don’t have the same luck’, so I put the negative behind me and pursued the trip,” King related to the Observer in an interview.

“I flew from Trinidad to Barbados and when I got to the airport (Saturday night) I could feel the hostility before I even stepped up to immigration. I went up to the immigration officer and explained my purpose for visiting and having my baby with me. The very moment the immigration officer heard my accent and viewed my passport, my situation changed for the worst,” she said.

“The officer stamped ‘denied entry’ in my book and he went further by saying that I’m going back on a Caribbean Airlines plane as soon as one is available and they will also call the authorities in Trinidad to deport me to Jamaica. When I asked what was the issue they said I should not have come there, I should have returned to Jamaica first. They asked for my marriage certificate, I showed them and they asked to see a return ticket and my sister sent it through WhatsApp and I showed them,” King went on.

But, according to King the real nightmare began when she was refused water to make tea for her baby and her suitcases were taken from her and her son and herself were “forced to sleep on the ground on a dirty mattress and sheet which was covered in hair.

“By this time it was about 3:00 am (Sunday morning) we still had nowhere to sleep and the baby was getting fussy. A kettle and a microwave was in full sight of me and I asked them for some warm water to make some tea for the baby and they said they can’t help me. The officer that was there asked if I had money and said I should put money into the vending machine and give the baby a juice.

“The baby’s diapers were soaked and the diapers in my handbag were already used up and they wouldn’t allow me to get my luggage to change him. Eventually we were forced to sleep on the ground on a dirty mattress and sheet which was covered in hair. My baby is asthmatic and he started coughing because he was cold. I felt like a animal, lower than dirt,” King said.

Moreover, she said when the flight back to Trinidad came and she was escorted by a security officer to the plane, a change of fate occurred, as the immigration officer informed the security to take her back to the immigration desk, where her no ‘entry stamp’ was cancelled and she was granted two days stay in Barbados.

But, despite being eventually being granted access to Barbados, King said she is calling on the foreign affairs ministers of both countries to intervene, as what she described as the inhumane behaviour towards Jamaicans by the Caribbean Community (Caricom) family was “unacceptable” and needed immediate attention.

There was no immediate response from Barbados Immigration.

Jamaicans and Guyanese nationals have, for years, complained that they have been singled out for harsh treatment whenever they arrive in Barbados.

King’s story comes three years after Shanique Myrie was awarded BD$77, 240 (US $38,620) in pecuniary and non-pecuniary damages, after she took her case to the Caribbean Court of Justice to seek redress.

Myrie accused a female immigration officer in Barbados of finger-raping her at the Grantley Adams Airport before she was locked up in a room overnight and sent back to Jamaica the following day.

The court found that Myrie had been wrongfully denied entry into Barbados, subjected to a humiliating cavity search and unlawfully detained overnight before being expelled from the country the following day.

Others such as Avia James have also complained of bad treatment by immigration officials in that country.

Under the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas and a 2007 Caricom decision, Caricom nationals are entitled to enter Caricom member states, “without harassment or the imposition of impediment, and to stay for up to six months.”  (Source: JamaicaObserver)

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21 thoughts on “Jamaican, Sonya King’s, Horrific Experience at GAIA”

  1. Wuhloss. I am a Bajan with a foreign passport. Now you got me scared to come home.

    Seriously, some Bajans need an attitude adjustment.

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  2. JUST AS I SAID THE PRIME MINISTER OFFICE DISPUTE ALL CLAIMS MADE BY THIS LADY, OF THE BAD TREATMENT SHE EXPERIENCE AT OUR AIRPORT BY THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT ! ! ! MR. PRIME MINISTER THE ONES IN THE SUNDAY SUN NEWS PAPER OF ALL THOSE PEOPLE ARE ALSO FALSE ! ! ! ABOUT THE SAID IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT . 7PM! CBC NEWS ! ! !

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  3. Jamacian are tbe worst lot in the caribbean. She looking for money just like Myrie, everyday jamacians does be denied entry in trinidad and does be treated badly it was on cbc news so why they dont sue trinidad they would never do that because bajans ignorant foolish and stupid. Jamacian does get turn back from every countryin the world not oy barbados. So wunna stupid bajans hush wunna ass Jamacians dont like bajans

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  4. Peter Wickham !Host Of 92.9 Called in Program today’,
    I Appreciate your Full Support for this Caribbean Sister! and her Child, and full denouncement Of Our IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT TREATMENT, OF A Sister and her Child! ,This Immigration Department Should be transferred to the Animal Control Unit !I’m Certain the Animals would eat them after the first Week On the Job,for their Animal behavior!

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  5. I hope she rakes they whole immigration dept through the coals and this time we want pictures and names of the offenders. You mean them so heartless them ain’t even get anything for the child?.. say now the child asthma got more serious what would they have done or said? A bunch of stinking, nasty, unmannerly people them and a whole lot more want exposing and FIRING…. Bajans don’t even like each other so how they are treating non-nationals ain’t surprising…yuh can’t love nobody if you don’t love yourself can you?

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  6. LONG! LIVE! JAMAICA! AND IT’S PEOPLE! OF 1.2 MILLION CARIBBEAN BROTHER’S AND SISTER’S ,HA ,FE, LIVE !!! ONE LOVE! ONE PEOPLE!!!!!!
    Bajan to the bone !!!!!!..

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  7. Sue them sonya king sue them what is lil hot water plus to thee baby is asmatic pamper wet this is sad shame poor look sonya sue them unprofessional they are

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  8. I was returning home from a conference in April. I was second in line getting ready to clear immigration and this guy, i cant remember his nationality, was getting his items search…no issue there. When he left the desk with his stuff he forgot his passport at the desk…I stood and watched him come back seconds later and asked the woman who dealt with his if she saw it and to my utter amazement she said ‘No’. All the while she had it on her desk in front of her. I couldn’t believe what i was seeing…Its obvious that they are serious problem in that department. Something needs to be done…. let them run to the union..they cant picket for ever…that places needs a shakeup.

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  9. GET THESE SIMPLE MINDED BAJAN OUTTA JOBS. IT IS TAINTING THE WAY PEOPLE PERCEIVE BARBADOS. NOT ONLY THAT, THESE CHICKEN GIZZARD EATING SIMPLE MINDED DARKIES, THAT THEY CALL IMMIGRATION OFFICERS, SHOULD BE PUT BACK ON THE PLANTATIONS WHERE THEY BELONG. THEY WOULD NEVER TREAT WHITE PEOPLE LIKE THAT. WHAT THE PROBLEM SOME OF WUNNA BAJANS HAVE WITH JAMAICA? OWEN S ARTHUR WAS NOT MISTREATED IN JAMAICA, SIR FRANK WORREL WAS NOT MISTREATED IN JAMAICA. WUNNA UNGRATEFUL, WHEN WUNNA WAS CATCHING WUNNA BAJAN ASSES IN THE LAST CENTURY IN THE 50S AND 60S AND HAD TO RUN AND LIVE IN JAMAICA, NOBODY TREAT WUNNA HYPOCRITES LIKE THAT. THAT WHY PEOPLE HATE BAJANS, WUNNA IS THE WORST KIND OF CHICKEN HEAD SLAVES, UNCLE TOM BASTARDS. I HATE TO SEE HOW WUNNA BAJAN SLAVES TREAT OTHER ISLANDERS, AND MOST OF WUNNA DON’T HAVE SHIT, CHICKEN GIZZARD EATING. RESPOND TO THIS AND STATE YA NAME, AND YOU COULD MEET ME AND MY CUTLASS AT A PLACE OF WUNNA APPROVAL, WUNNA LOW LIFE, BEST PART OF WUNNA RUN DOWN WUNNA FATHER LEGS. WANT TO TREAT OTHER ISLANDERS LIKE THEY SECOND CLASS.

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  10. Beautiful Photo Shoot with Mum and Son ,I apologized to you Mam/Son on behalf Of all Barbadians with a heart! don’t expect an apology from the Barbados Government!. Let’s put Our Self in this Lady Position in Jamaica Airport and their Immigration treated us as Barbadians the Said way ,what an out cry that would be.in Barbados!

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  11. guh back tuh yuh yard, yuh think bout hey is a walk through if yuh did gone tuh de USA yuh wudda write de same. YUH KNOW WUH YOU wunna in jamaica does treat people bad tuh

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  12. U see if your countrymen getting catch all de time with drugs this would happen.
    Give a never had now get bajan little power over he fellow man ,look out Brug-gu-down.he is masa boy,

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  13. I am sure they are unionised. I would like for the unions to start seeing it as their responsibility to pull up their members when they are doing shit.

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  14. I herd this Story on the 12.30 News on 92.9 FM, I Certainly believed it after reading in the Sunday Sun the bad Report’s given to this Same department! and Custom’s, Very disgusting and disturbing, the Part that Struck me down ,is the refusal Of Water to make tea for the Child ,for Christ Sate have an Heart IMMIGRATION! Are you all for real ,but Would allowed dancer’s to Come in and refused a Mother and Child Well!Well!Well! Only in Barbados you can be treated Like a Dog when you arrived at our Airport from the CARIBBEAN, IF Grantly Adam’s were alive he would have Cried Shame at the way his name is being Used and abused, Could IMMIGRATION Not have Look Past the MOTHER and See the Child, the Other part that take me by the throat ,the Immigration Officer was a Lady or a Bitch!!! , the day anything happens to Barbados May God help Us ,the rest of the Carribbean Certainly wouldn’t. Thanks for the Single Market and Economy through the door!!. Bajan to the bone !!!!!!

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  15. I’m not going to be judge jury and executioner in this case this story sounds all too familiar and without any creditable witnesses or video surveillance it’s difficult to say what is what but what I do know is that customs and imigration in Barbados seems to be a law unto themselves there’s no reason if they have nothing to hide that cameras shouldn’t have been installed at our lone airport eons ago especially after losing and made to look silly in the Shanique Myrie case…The officers need to be trained in human relations before being unleashed on the public at large they don’t smile they don’t make eye contact unless they think you’re into a criminal act they never say good whatever time of day it is they literally have no personality or people skills whatsoever. .is it their fault of course not cause they didn’t employ themselves my thing is if they have an employer namely the government of Barbados they would get a failing grade to allow this to continue year after year. ..So I’m saying to all these people in authority who all they do is grandstand and give pretty speeches get up and finally do wunna job and stop this from happening every time you look around and to wunna sour face imigration officers if wunna have a problem being nice to people and interacting with the public find something else to do I sick ah wunna

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  16. I am a Barbadian living and working in Barbados and I travel every year during the summer vacation when I am on holiday. I can tell you that these immigration and customs officers are very unprofessional and impolite. You are made to feel like you have done something wrong when you go to customs. I feel ashamed to be a bajan the way some of them behave. It seems like some of them cannot speak as they just snarl like a pit bull. Don’t talk about the stony, sour face immigration officers. If they don’t want the job they can resign and go home. It is shameful how you are treated at the GAIA. It is sickening. The powers that be need to do something about it and quickly. Please stop making excuses for them. Fire all of them.

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