Haitians held in Bahamas
NASSAU, Bahamas – The Royal Bahamas Defence
Force (RBDF) said more than 100 illegal Haitian migrants, including 24 women, were intercepted at sea.
The RBDF said that the 124 migrants were on board a 40-foot sail sloop approximately eight miles south of New Providence and they have all been turned over to immigration officials for further questioning.
It said that for the year, it has apprehended or assisted in apprehending over 400 Haitian migrants and that they have “since been charged before the courts for illegal landing”.
Bahamian authorities have been urging Haitians, who are fleeing their country for greener pastures in the United States and using the Caribbean Community country as a transit point, not to make the dangerous crossing by sea. (CMC)