By DANA SMITH
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE government is investigating incidents of tourists on arrival at Festival Place at Prince George dock being solicited by drug dealers and persons engaged in prostitution, Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe said yesterday.
Calling it “more than embarrassing for the country” if it is not stopped, Mr Wilchcombe also said the solicitation “speaks to the deterioration of some of the morals of our society.”
He also noted that the prostitution is reportedly involving boys.
“I’m dealing with matters now over at the Festival Place, because we’re hearing about some incidences that we believe if we don’t arrest, will be more than embarrassing for the country,” he said.
“But it also speaks to the deterioration of some of the morals of our society and the things we believe in and when your social values deteriorate, then you have some serious issues.”
He said he’s hearing about “a lot of solicitation taking place” at Festival Place, which is located downtown, attached to Nassau’s cruise ship port.
“We’re hearing about a lot drugs being sold and we’re hearing also a very troubling situation about prostitution involving boys,” Mr Wilchcombe said.
“It’s something that has me troubled because that’s not what we’re supposed to be all about... I think it’s a lack of guidance here when you’re talking about boys or you’re talking about young people. Of course, the drug situation is always something troubling that we have to deal with and so we’re addressing that right now and the police are doing the best they can.”