Human Trafficking in  [Barbados]  [other countries]
Street Children in  [Barbados]  [other countries]
Child Prostitution in  [Barbados]  [other countries]
Torture in  [Barbados]  [other countries]

Torture by Police, Forced Disappearance

& Other Ill Treatment

In the early years of the 21st Century                                                    


Historically, the Barbadian economy was dependent on sugarcane cultivation and related activities. However, in recent years the economy has diversified into light industry and tourism with about three-quarters of GDP and 80% of exports being attributed to services.

The country enjoys one of the highest per capita incomes in the region.

The government continues its efforts to reduce unemployment, to encourage direct foreign investment, and to privatize remaining state-owned enterprises.  [The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]

Description: Description: Barbados

CAUTION:  The following links have been culled from the web to illuminate the situation in Barbados.  Some of these links may lead to websites that present allegations that are unsubstantiated or even false.  No attempt has been made to validate their authenticity or to verify their content.



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British rape victims campaign to free their accused attacker

Fred Attewill, Metro, 22 Nov 2012

[accessed 16 Jan 2014]

Rachel Turner, 30, and Diane  Davies, 63, are adamant that Derick Crawford, 48, was not the man who attacked them in Barbados.   Mr Crawford said he was overseas at the time of the attacks and signed a confession after he was ‘suffocated and beaten’ by police.

The women and a third British victim, Hillary Heath, have waived their right to anonymity and helped Mr Crawford hire a solicitor.   Dr Turner and Ms Davies met Mr Crawford for the first time on Tuesday.   They have lodged a complaint about the case with the police commissioner and director of public prosecutions.   However, officials are pressing ahead with the prosecution.

Human Rights Reports » 2006 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

U.S. Dept of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, March 6, 2007

[accessed 21 January 2013]

[accessed 3 July 2019]

TORTURE AND OTHER CRUEL, INHUMAN, OR DEGRADING TREATMENT OR PUNISHMENT – While the constitution specifically prohibits torture and inhuman or degrading punishment or other treatment, there were reports that police sometimes used excessive force. The majority of complaints against the police alleged unprofessional conduct and beating or assault. Police were occasionally accused of beating suspects to obtain confessions, and suspects often recanted their confessions during their trial. There were many cases where the only evidence against the accused was a confession.

Freedom House Country Report - Political Rights: 1   Civil Liberties: 1   Status: Free

2009 Edition

[accessed 21 January 2013]

The judicial system is independent, and the Supreme Court includes a high court and a court of appeals. Lower-court officials are appointed on the advice of the Judicial and Legal Service Commission. There are occasional reports and complaints of the use of excessive force by the Royal Barbados Police Force to extract confessions, along with reports that police do not always seek warrants before searching homes. In 2008, four members of the police were charged with crimes against persons or property.


For current articles:: Search Amnesty International Website

[accessed 25 December 2018]

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Human Trafficking in  [Barbados]  [other countries]
Street Children in  [Barbados]  [other countries]
Child Prostitution in  [Barbados]  [other countries]
Torture in  [Barbados]  [other countries]