In the wake of the recent arrest of a Guyanese woman who was recently ordered deported after pleading guilty to assaulting an immigration officer, officials on the island are contending that the volume of young Guyanese women who are prostituting on the Island has risen to alarming proportions.
In their view, something has to be swiftly done to arrest this growing problem.
Citing the possibility of a sophisticated trafficking network, Barbadian immigration officials want the government to make a more thorough immigration assessment of young Guyanese females that are entering the Island supposedly as visitors.
As a matter of fact, for Guyanese passengers, women are now the highest group of travellers to Barbados, at a rate of about 20 female travellers to one Guyanese male visitor, with an average of 11 new Guyanese females entering the Island as visitors daily.
Historically, the largest percentage of Guyanese travellers to Barbados were men, but female arrivals began surpassing this number over the last two years, with most women arriving around the Crop Over season, and remaining for a questionable amount of time.
While a percentage of them are genuine visitors who would remain on the Island for no more than a month, a larger proportion of them usually seek to remain for as long as six months via extensions, and are suspected to form the larger lot of foreign women that works on the Island as prostitutes or call girls.
Many are said to either work out of bars, calling clubs, or hotels where they are pimped out, or simply target single-male guests and professionals, who in turn reward them for their services.
But Barbados is worried about the potential for sexually transmitted diseases and other social ills that prostitution in itself can cause on the Island, and is looking at how a broader number of foreign nationals may be contributing to that problem.
Citing this growing social issue, many Barbadians are complaining almost daily via social media, and is urging the government to take another look at the mostly female Guyanese and Jamaican travellers that are supposedly arriving in Barbados to abuse the spirit of Caricom while engaging in nefarious activities.
Under the new Prime Minister Mia Motley, Barbados has reopened its doors to Guyanese, after more than 30,000 of them had to flee the Island, during the tough-policy rule of the previous Barbadian government.
In the interim, immigration authorities on the Island are now looking at better surveillance with the aim of arresting and deporting a number of foreign women, including Guyanese, who may be prostituting on the Island.