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Jamaica shares sexual assault problem with Bahamas and other tourist hot spots

The U.S. State Department has warned tourists for years about a pervasive sexual assault problem in Jamaica, where two women were raped at gunpoint in September.  

Over the past seven years, 78 Americans have been raped in Jamaica — that’s roughly one U.S. citizen raped a month — though sex crimes aren’t unique to the island.

While statistics about American rape victims in other Caribbean countries are hard to come by (the U.S. State Department doesn’t have crime statistics for each country), it has issued multiple warnings about sexual violence in several Caribbean islands.

The Bahamas has been cited several times for sexual assault issues. In a January 2018 travel advisory, the State Department warned travelers to “exercise increased caution in the Bahamas due to crime,” noting that “sexual assault is common, even during daylight hours and in tourist areas.”

More specifically, the advisory noted “Jet ski operators are known to commit sexual assaults against tourists, including minors.”

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