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Putting birth tourists Guyana govt minister Robert Persaud and Kamini Persaud under the microscope

March 10, 2012 Leave a comment

Guyanese government officials giving birth abroad to set up their child with a head start and be parasites to Guyana, and the host countries like America, Britain, Canada and else where, as Guyanese we have to ask ourselves, why would the Executive President of Guyana Bharrat Jagdeo allow his niece, who is also the wife of Robert Persaud, a senior sitting Minister in the Guyana Government purposely fly to the United States of America to have their kids, not once but twice.


Birth tourists partying it up on Guyanese tax payers dollars, Vote PPP/C


Guyanese sex workers trekking to Suriname’s gold fields

February 1, 2012 Leave a comment


Paramaribo-Guyanese sex workers are trekking to Suriname’s goldfields in search

The remains of a ‘cabaret’ or improvised brothel in the ‘Kriki Negi’ gold fields, Suriname, (De Ware Tijd photo)

of work and are striking it rich, the De Ware Tijd newspaper reported yesterday.
With gold at an all time high, the prostitutes are coming also from Brazil, Dominica, and French Guiana.
A field investigation by de Ware Tijd said that the industry is attractive to both local and foreign women, with the main motivation being the quick cash involved.
“No minors are coming, but the ages vary between 20 and even 45. Many Brazilians, Dominicans, Guyanese and French are coming to ‘work’ in the gold fields, as well as Surinamese women,”, says one woman active in the gold fields near Brownsweg in the District of Brokopondo.
One Guyanese woman says she is paid two grams of gold for twenty minutes and five for an entire evening, and she can sell one gram for SRD 150 in Paramaribo. In a good month, she can earn at least US$2,000 (Guy$400,000).
Another woman says her ‘work’ in the gold fields is very lucrative, but adds immediately that she is not proud of what she does. “This work is filthy and I don’t intend to do this for the rest of my life. I want to buy my own equipment to get started in the gold business.”
The women say they are discreet in order to prevent their close relatives, particularly their children, from finding out about their work. There is growing concern about the social disruption in hinterland communities close to gold fields. Village heads in particular have often sounded the alarm, and the issue has even been discussed in Parliament many times. Especially young girls reportedly cannot resist the temptation of fast and easy money.

Guyanese desperate to flee Guyana make themselves easy target for conmen

January 20, 2012 Leave a comment

Briton, Guyanese in American visa fraud
Written by Denis Scott Chabrol
Thursday, 19 January 2012 18:04

Two men- one Guyanese and the other a Briton- were Monday arraigned for fleecing a man of GUY$3.4 million in exchange for American visas for himself, his wife and three children.

British national, Andrew Wilson and Guyanese Conrad Wright were charged with obtaining money with intent to defraud Hamid Parag between January 11 and 13, 2012 knowing same to be false.

They were also accused of assaulting Parag after they bundled him out of a speeding car as police approached them during a sting operation.

City Magistrate, Judy Latchman granted Wright bail in the sum of GUY$2million for the fraud and GUY$60,000 for assault. Wilson was refused bail because the police prosecution noted that he travels frequently.

The duo are to return to court on January 25.

Police Prosecutor, Sergeant Lionel Harvey told the court that Wright contacted Parag and introduced Wilson as a Consular Officer at the US embassy.

Parag was allegedly asked to pay GUY$1.7 million to process visa applications and he handed over the passports . The men allegedly contacted Parag again and said he had to pay more to continue the application process at which time he paid another GUY$1.7 million.

When they contacted Parag a third time, Harvey said the man realized that he was being conned. He subsequently reported the matter to the police and arranged a sting operation.

As the police approached the car with Parag and the two men, the car sped off. As they were being pursued by the police, they allegedly pushed Parag out of the car while it was moving.

Trinidadian farmers claim Guyanese running from the PPP government & living illegally in Trinidad are parasites

January 19, 2012 Leave a comment

Trini farmers say Guyanese ‘squeezing them out’

By Stabroek staff  |   World News | Monday, January 16, 2012

(Trinidad Guardian) An invasion of Guyanese farmers in the food basket of Aranguez is stirring up a hornet’s nest among local farmers who claim they are forced to pay exorbitant rent for agricultural lands and are being denied a livelihood, the result of the outsiders’ presence. The complaint was levelled by a group of Aranguez farmers last week, who clamoured for approximately 40 Guyanese farmers, many of whom are said to be illegal immigrants to go back home. There are approximately 300 bona fide farmers in Aranguez supplying crops to the nation. Aranguez farmer Ravin Doolam admits they have been facing no end of worry at the hands of the Guyanese.

Since the Guyanese moved into Aranguez four years ago, Doolam said rent of agricultural land has skyrocketed, making it difficult to eke out a living. Doolam said the Guyanese farmers have been offering land owners a higher price for freehold lands, which they (the locals) have been renting for years. With land running scarce in Aranguez due to the proliferation of housing, apartments and mansions, Doolam said locals farmers were being squeezed out of a livelihood, while the Guyanese farmers laughed all the way to the bank. Because of its ideal location, a lot of land can fetch TT$500,000 while an acre is priced at TT$3.5 million.

A scene in Aranguez (Trinidad Guardian photo)

As little as three years ago, Doolam said, he paid TT$3,000 a year to rent an acre of land at Johnny King Road. Now, he has to fork out TT$8,000, which puts him in a financial bind. He said some farmers pay a higher rent. “Just now we will have no land on which to plant. The Guyanese capitalising every available space,” complained Doolam, as the other farmers shook their heads in agreement. Doolam admitted to having made a telephone report to the Immigration authorities about the Guyanese invasion, but there has been no follow up.

Doolam said he applied through the Ministry of Food Production for State lands in Edinburgh, but is yet to receive a response. Farmer Johnny Baldeo, who occupies three acres also admitted that rent has been increasing at a rapid pace, forcing farmers to give up their plots and move on to other pursuits. Baldeo pays TT$21,000 a year. “Some local farmers paying as much as TT$10,000 an acre just to keep their lands. It’s a heavy price to pay,” said Baldeo.

Lured to Trinidad

On Tuesday, during a tour of the area, the Sunday Guardian stumbled upon several Guyanese who admitted to being in Trinidad illegally. Many claim that their papers to live in the country were being prepared by Immigration Division and wanted to make T&T their home. Among them are married couple Derek and Seeranee Farose, Roy Kishnasammy and Dilip and Phillip James, affectionately called the “Bush” brothers. Cultivating half acre of land for the past year Krishnasammy, 40, said he fled Guyana after he couldn’t land himself a job.

Kishnasammy said for years he worked as a cane cutter in his hometown in Berbice to maintain his wife and three children. Everyday, Kishnasammy said he had to cut and tote bundles of cane, weighing more than 100 pounds on his head for it to be processed. The lifting of the cane, Kishnasammy said, started to affect his health, forcing him to quit.

Although he found another job, Kishnasammy said the money he took home was not enough. Unable to read and write, Kishnasammy said he was invited to Trinidad by a pastor from San Fernando, who told him that the country had a shortage of farmers. The pastor, who frequented Guyana saw the poor conditions under which the Kishnasammys live and offered to assist.

‘Family will suffer if  I go back’
In 2008, Kishnasammy came to Trinidad doing odd jobs. He was told about the Aranguez lands which he began to occupy last year. Renting a half an acre at TT$6,000, the money Kishnasammy makes is wired to his family. Admitting that he did not obtain resident status from the Ministry of National Security to live in Trinidad, Kishnasammy said he was in the process of obtaining the necessary documents so he could travel back and forth. Every day, Kishnasammy commutes from San Fernando to Aranguez to tend his crops. Kishnasammy said while he yearns to return  home, “I know if I do, my family go suffer.” He said Guyana had become so industrialised that land space was scarce.

In search of a better life
Sitting a stone’s throw from their rented land, Derek and his wife Seeranee had the world of worries etched on their faces after losing TT$20,000 worth of celery because of the unavailability of water. The couple was lured from their Essequibo Village in Guyana to Trinidad several years ago in search of a better life. Derek, 43, landed himself a job as a labourer during the construction phase of the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Port-of-Spain.

He then branched off to farming upon the completion of the hotel. Derek pays TT$4,000 for half an acre. Told that local farmers were in an uproar over the high rent they were offering land owners, the couple said the Bush Brothers were the guilty ones. The couple said they have put in an application for resident status which they expect to receive next month.

Fighting like crabs
At Ramlal Trace, brothers Dilip, 27, and Phillip, 35, said the local farmers were making a mountain out of a molehill and they wanted no bacchanal. The brothers are two of eight Guyanese farmers cultivating lands that span several acres. Phillip pays TT$15,000 for an acre and a half, the same price as every farmer on the street. He also rents an apartment in Aranguez at TT$3,000 a month. Expecting to be interviewed by the Immigration Division and police any time, Phillip said they have no problem going back to Guyana.The brothers have been working in T&T without work permits. They go home every year for a short period and return. Phillip said he has worked in seven countries and never found himself afoul of the law or in confusion. “Anywhere I work my record has been clean. It’s not like I am here planting marijuana or robbing people. I am providing food for the country just like the Aranguez farmers.” Insisting that they have been investing in Trinidad, Phillip said the local farmers, many of whom are Indians, did not want to see them progress.

“Indian people always fighting like crabs in a barrel.” He said those who have voiced their displeasure were envious of their accomplishments and only wanted to bring them down. “They think I will take away their land. I don’t want their land. I have enough.” Phillip, who split from his wife said they came to Trinidad in 2006 after hearing that the country was in need of cane cutters. However, following closure of Caroni 1975 Ltd they were thrown on the breadline and decided to plant to survive.