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The Federal Bureau of Investigation is warning American citizens against traveling to some areas in the Caribbean as kidnappings are up 300% in 2023 compared to 2022.
Cuban and Haitian migrants are reportedly flooding into Florida as crime skyrockets in their nations.
An American couple was kidnapped last month in Haiti. They were held by a gang for ransom and eventually released after one month in captivity.
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) April 26, 2023
FBI Special Agent Liz Santamaria said, “While we understand that there are strong ties between Haiti and South Florida, before traveling there one should consider the trauma and financial costs of being kidnapped not only to themselves but to their family and friends as well.”
There is significant gang activity which is causing extreme atrocities akin to “genocide in Rwanda,” Fox News reported.
A Haitian doctor who was interviewed from his home revealed the horrors occurring in the area.
This is, what, the THIRD Democrat-led insurrection in the last few weeks? Where is the FBI? Where are the political prisoners? This is stochastic terrorism and a threat to the republic! https://t.co/n9x0GcvCBJ
— Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) April 25, 2023
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Lawlessness, torture, civil war and “The Purge” were all used to describe what life is like for people living within the western borders on the island of Hispaniola.
“The people of Haiti continue to suffer one of the worst human rights crises in decades and a major humanitarian emergency,” United Nations Secretary General António Guterres said in a recent report to the U.N. Security Council. “With the high number of fatalities and increasing areas under the control of armed gangs, insecurity in the capital has reached levels comparable to countries in armed conflict.”
A police officer takes cover during an anti-gang operation in the Portail neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Tuesday, a day after a mob in the Haitian capital pulled 13 suspected gang members from police custody at a traffic stop and beat and burned them to death with gasoline-soaked tires. ( AP Photo/Odelyn Joseph)
The State Department is currently advising Americans not to travel to Haiti “due to kidnapping, crime and civil unrest.”
Two Americans, Jean Dickens Toussaint and his wife, Abigail Toussaint, were kidnapped in March when they traveled to Haiti to see ailing relatives and attend a local festival.