Live on CBN-Radio 90.9FM each thruday 4-5PM: “Motion to Adjourn”: Hosted by Hon. Thomas Famous & Senator Dwayne Robinson: Live from Bermuda:                               Got TIPS or BREAKING NEWS? Please call 1-284-442-8000 or Email ALL news; ads call 1-284-440-6666

'There is a sex trade operating in the VI'- CoP Matthews

- Says RVIPF unsure about how to tackle industry as some locals are comfortable with prostitution
Commissioner of Police at the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) Mr Micheal B. Mattews in admitting to an active sex trade sector exists in the Virgin Islands (VI) says that while the force is cognisant of the industry, they are unsure about how to tackle it. Photo: Internet Source
 Commissioner of Police at the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) Mr Micheal B. Matthews. Photo: VINO/File
Commissioner of Police at the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) Mr Micheal B. Matthews. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Commissioner of Police (CoP) at the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) Mr Michael B. Matthews, in admitting that an active sex trade exists in the Virgin Islands (VI), says while the force is cognisant of the industry, they are unsure about how to tackle it.

"The Virgin Islands is no different than any other society that I've policed around the world... there is a sex trade that operates within the Virgin Islands (VI) as well as it does anywhere else," he told Kenneth G. Gladstone on the October 22, 2019, edition of his radio show 'A Moment of Truth', on PSI Online Radio. 

Crime or social issue? 

"Everybody will have mixed views about what that means, but we do have certain laws in place, for example, it is illegal under our legislation here in the territory to operate a brothel or to permit the acts of prostitution," Mr Matthews told the listening audience. 

He noted; however, that he would be naive to say prostitution in brothels was not occurring somewhere within the Virgin Islands. "The issue, of course, is how to tackle that...  Do you deal with this as a social issue, as a society issue or do you deal with it as a criminal issue?" he asked rhetorically.   

The Police Commissioner said he expects responses would be that the force should step in immediately to arrest and shut down brothels and other places facilitating prostitution. 

"My response to that is; if it is brought to our attention—that an illegal premise is operating under some kind of illegal activity or sex trade—of course, we are going to act and enforce the laws of the territory," he said. 

'We don't get calls about prostitution' - CoP Matthews 

While Mr Matthews reaffirmed the force's strict policy against sex trade and prostitution, he noted that the force hardly gets complains about the issue, "It might not surprise you to know... that we don't get too many calls... about where the local prostitutes may be hanging out or where the local brothel may be," he said. 

Calling it one of the 'best-kept secrets' of the local community, Mr Matthews pointed out that in the Virgin Islands, there are some who are quite comfortable with the concept of prostitution and happy that the service is available.

"But it is illegal, it is something that I don't personally feel we should be tolerating. I think there is more that we can do to deal with the problem," he admitted. 

CoP Matthews; however, said he remains worried about the exploitation of women and possibilities of human trafficking in the territory, "but I don't think we have reached that kind of problem and challenge here in the Virgin Islands."

48 Responses to “'There is a sex trade operating in the VI'- CoP Matthews”

  • facts (30/10/2019, 17:57) Like (49) Dislike (11) Reply
    What the hell is the COP talking about. .what secret?? Man go sit down. Ever police officer knows where the prostitution takes place .the Jamaicans had taken over from the spanish now the Venezuelan is coming . Almost every street corner in the bvi you can buy sex. The sex trade is going on for many yrs but it get way out of hand. God bless the local girls or i should say the bvi landers and belongers are not involved and if they are well thats the only secret. Yes we would have local girls getting paid but you don't find them working in the prostitution houses. This is a scorn on the bvi christian community but the past and present government afraid to tackle same. Look at the large numbers of Jamaican strippers it have in this its a the Venezuelan are here and with $60 you can even get two. Mr cop stop talking and do something. This is something that the Christian council need to march against but no they would not because their sons and daughters are involved one way or the other.what a so called Christian community.

    • Observe (30/10/2019, 20:38) Like (29) Dislike (11) Reply
      Facts shut the hell up thanks to the ladies selling at a reasonable price that we don't have rapping in this country , when was the last time you heard someone got rape not every man have a woman or wants a personal woman it's cheaper to buy than to say you have a woman no nails ,hair ,rent or clothes to buy. That's facts.its oldest profession around.
      • @Observe (31/10/2019, 06:12) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
        You mean professional entertainers which is different from the real sex workers. The COP is very much aware of the real danger to society. Rapists not interested in raping entertainers. It’s not them alone revealing them body parts to the public. They want to rape the students, professional and normal women and men who set them off. Re-educating the people would help stop violence against women and men.
    • find them at.... (30/10/2019, 21:09) Like (5) Dislike (12) Reply
    • you know (30/10/2019, 21:20) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      Alot about the game for a good christian...prices snd all!
    • Lawd (31/10/2019, 06:04) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      The real prostitutes and sex workers are professionals on Facebook and Instagram showcasing them skin for free servicing the public. Appetizer is free on social media behind clothes door the main course is paid for. Don’t worry about the few entertainers them trying to make a living. If social media know what you butt cheeks and oily chest look like you a hoe. Same difference all the time. Like nobody thought they relative would be busted for drugs. Many surprises leave the entertainers alone and focus on re-educating you children, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend, brother, sister, mother on respecting them self.
    • BVIMen (31/10/2019, 16:36) Like (9) Dislike (6) Reply

      They does bother you?
  • Patriotic (30/10/2019, 18:38) Like (23) Dislike (8) Reply
    I think immigration contributed to some of our social ills of course not intentionally . there are people who are desperate for their spouse to join them but could not do so because of some policies in place. Caribbean people esp ,its hard for them to have their wifes on their time , this gradually cause a fracture social system within our community, this give rise to a lot of illegal solicitation of various kinds to fulfill this need.
  • lol (30/10/2019, 18:56) Like (48) Dislike (0) Reply
    Cops be buying it too
  • Pick sense out of non-sense (30/10/2019, 19:02) Like (24) Dislike (45) Reply
    Yes prostitution is illegal and should not be practiced, but it assists in keeping sex crimes in society relatively low. Without brothels in the BVI rape rates and the rate of sex crimes will be extremely high. I suggest we turn a blind eye to prostitution as it serves as a detour for rapists and sex offenders. Not straying from the topic at hand, but Mexican president released the son of El Chapo because his capture cannot be worth more than the lives of many. The president is under fire for the decision but the riots and killings have declined since his release. For the safety of the BVI community please turn a blind eye to prostitution and tackle more pertinent issues if you truly value the lives and safety of citizens. Another analogy look at Jim Gordon and Cobblepot in Gotham they calm crime with crime. Sometimes a balance is needed to get a desired outcome thus Laws bring about crime and violence, and crime violence bring about laws. I plead again leave the matter alone.
    • batman (02/11/2019, 21:09) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      You do realise Gotham isnt a real place?
    • ??? (04/11/2019, 20:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      When the state and society gives in to the criminals, that’s when a place is lost.

      The rape and assault, particularly on children, here are high but just rarely reported as it’s often family and acquaintances doing it. Women are taught from young to have zero self worth and self respect. Men are taught to disrespect and abuse and that they can get away with all of their wrongs. This needs to change for the sake of our women and children. It starts with the community working with police.
      Yes there is trafficking as well you know only the crown and magistrates don’t pursue it.
  • Eagle Eye (30/10/2019, 19:10) Like (6) Dislike (8) Reply
    Why should anyone has to complain when police and all getting fixup in people dont back down so easy when they see somthing they like.unlike you dancing with your hands in the air for festival.
  • hello (30/10/2019, 19:21) Like (9) Dislike (32) Reply
    Please leave that subject alone. I am comfortable with all these expatriates and illegals, even locals having somewhere to satisfy themselves rather than turning to our children. This is a very explosive issue and if you think I am lying, try being foolish and see the flip side of the BVI. What you should focus on is the drug trade and gambling. Is lottery tickets legal how come you don't make a fuss about that. I swear there is an agenda playing out here. I have noticed certain trends as regards our so called Caribbean Brothers. BVIslanders need to wake up and stop playing with these snakes. What the hell is Anderson trying to prove. I bet he could not try some of those stunts in his homeland. This is getting sickening, every Tom Dick and Harry could run up in here and act like they are a star. Time to put a lid on this Uncle Tom sell out, butt kiss business. Why the hell you don't do something about homosexuality. We are being asked to legalize homosexuality (same sex marriage) but purporting to be paragons (pagans) of virtue when it comes to man and woman sex. If you want to turn this place up side down you are on the right track. Do not let this Anderson idiot set you up. A lot of expats are only here because of the US dollar while trying to do as much damage as they can. I was appalled in the aftermath of hurricane Irma and I don't think what I witnessed has changed. There are some serious and deadly games playing out right here among us, its a pity we don't have the depth to see clearly what is going on.
  • facts (30/10/2019, 19:24) Like (40) Dislike (1) Reply
    So what pick sense out of nonsense is sayimg is to allow prostitution to take place so rape and other sex crimes can be on the low. Are we not a Christian community?? Isn't the laws of God above the laws of man?? Should a nation perish for a few to enjoy the vile pleasures of the world?? Who are we? Brothers and sisters dont cause destruction on this little island.
    • @facts (30/10/2019, 20:48) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
      The laws of Almighty God are above the laws of man. But how funny the Christian Community only see or address what they want to see or address. A lot of Christians playing word games with laws of God. They fitting certain situations to fit their own lifestyles. People not stupid and God gives wisdom, not man. God opens the eyes of understanding of those who truthfully want to know the Scriptures.
  • wise up (30/10/2019, 19:26) Like (6) Dislike (10) Reply
    Firstly we don’t have a lot of rape cases in the bvi so guessing by having this would eliminates, secondly locals and all others travels all the way to St Martin and DR just for prostitution spends thousands have a good time and comes back,one of the biggest attractions in st Martin is prostitution and the economy gains from it
  • Hmmmmmmm (30/10/2019, 20:37) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    Homosexuality and its compadre legal, CoP?
  • christian (30/10/2019, 20:45) Like (17) Dislike (2) Reply
    What BVI Christian community. Hypocrital one day Christians? Fake godly people?
  • guy hill (30/10/2019, 21:34) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Trust NO ONE when it comes to MONEY and SEX.
  • LAW (30/10/2019, 21:48) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    It's on the books but we are turning a blind eye. We live in the heart of it and you all are aware it's happening. Media can write anything to make things sound so interesting and I'm Not sure if these are his words but if they are. Ask all your cops who sits around the domino tables and frequent the bars. If they tell you no it's not true and there is no evidence of prostitution then I personally think that even our force is seriously corrupt. Our society have gone to the dogs and people are afraid to talk about these vexing issues. These people are here parading our streets and bars.

    We are playing with these issues and dont see the flip side of the coin.

  • WHAT!!! (30/10/2019, 22:07) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Prostitution and Brothels in the Virgin Islands , but we are such a “ christian society”how can this be???
  • Boo (30/10/2019, 22:10) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Plenty people making deposits in the hairy bank and plenty hairy banks cashing in big time in the VI
  • Me (30/10/2019, 22:22) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    What about these gambling dens/pala booths springing up all over the place.Who owns them the same people.Our leaders are the ones to blame for such ills,prostituation,exploitation,illegal drugs,human trafficing atc.They in HOA Talking shit about each other personally and not targeting things of substance to keep Natures Little Secret nice.someday Mr.Ms politicians someday
  • VIslander (31/10/2019, 00:24) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    lol it's a global debate as old as time that boils down to taxation. Just like marijuana. 2 consenting adults having commerce for services is how economies operate. Gov wants tax out of it so it's illegal. Marijuana is used by millions of people tax free & the gov wants tax. To pay tax you got to be legal...sounds like a simple fix
  • Check (31/10/2019, 02:30) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Chk upstairs across from Banco
  • fact (31/10/2019, 04:19) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    The wrath of the Most High does not discriminate. In addition to not following the law of the land these acts are displeasing in God’s sight. Turn BVI - Turn
  • jesus (31/10/2019, 05:16) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    To be like me is a lifestyle not a relationship.If anyone out here can prove that I was here and how I was born then all this we talk about that we don’t like will begin to make sense. Because I did a good job making u think that I can fix everything when in fact only u have the power not I; jus ask my leaders the always blame everything on me cause they don’t want to true to themselves
  • Please ... (31/10/2019, 06:51) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Copy the Ministers Race initiative. Get your Sgt and inspectors on the track. Get your officers in shape... Make one hour a day fitness drill mandatary.... Focus a little on getting some interior discipline.... How great that would be. Would look.. Would sound ... All the other crime fighting stuff would come so easily and efficient....
  • Saint (31/10/2019, 09:25) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    Live and let live. That is the only way they know how to make money.
  • Realist (31/10/2019, 09:41) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    Prostitution has been around since BC(before christ)... it is a TRADE and it is not going anywhere. While brothels may be illegal(here in the territory) the TRADE isn't. Just saying!
  • jah (31/10/2019, 10:36) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    Someone is corrupt in immigration dept. One look at some of these girls and you ask yourself what job did they come to do.
  • FREEDOM FIGHTER (31/10/2019, 10:44) Like (0) Dislike (6) Reply
    If it's on the women's own accord,who are we yoo judge.power to the free lovely ladies.
  • Jordana (31/10/2019, 11:27) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    This is to all of the persons condoning this prostitution.. are you all for real???.. apart from a Godly point of view, this is wrong on so many levels..I haven’t heard one person speak about the health risk of prostitution to our small territory; the possible transmission of all types of Sexual diseases some of which are incurable such as HIV/AIDS or Herpes etc.. sexual disused that are not always visible to the naked eye until it’s too late.. what is happening to our society? Have we become a sexually lawless society?.. all of you that are in favor of this are CRAZY!!... C’mon we are better than this as a people.. don’t you all know that the health of our people is our Wealth..Prostitution puts our healthcare at Risk... Men think with the brains that God have you and not with your private parts..
    • Norris Turnbull (01/11/2019, 04:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @jordana. ..that last part of your statement goes for woman also.
  • ... (31/10/2019, 12:16) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    let the hens flow
  • Please plus (31/10/2019, 13:16) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Is this man still COP! Let's sort out the motor bikes first
  • streets (31/10/2019, 17:37) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    We are talking about women parading the streets of the entire bvi. Sometimes in vg, anegada jost van dykes. They are not at one stable place. Who hire them should be held accountable. I ask the question do you have children a wife a mother? How do you feel hiring people with fake positions just to make money yet your family still suffering. You have no heart! Immigration needs to pull up their socks. Government need to stop turning a blind eye less you will soon pay. Reproach reproach we are a Godly nation and we need a watchman less Gods wrath fall on us. Stop playing
  • WTF (31/10/2019, 17:50) Like (1) Dislike (7) Reply
    A bunch of self righteous hypocrites does be commenting on these blogs. Let the men start raping our underaged children and see what y’all say then. Grown women exchanging pleasure for money, leave it alone!
  • Mark (31/10/2019, 18:01) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    In any growing society you are going to need this kind of trade. This is why we don't have violent rapes, there is alot of hard working men living and working in the country from different countries without the company of their wives and girlfriend. Its much easier to pay for it than just take it. I am one who believe if it isn't broken don't try to fix it.
  • Apparently (31/10/2019, 20:17) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Leave the girls make there money
  • Jordana (31/10/2019, 22:24) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    @ mark.. your comment is really stupid..unsure if you have kids but if this was your daughter would you want this for her? Prostitution is not about preventing our young girls or women from being raped.. prostitution is a social ill of a society.. some of us are just so foolish.. like I blogged and stated about the ill-health effects this can have but. If we don’t stop this God will bring His Wrath upon us.. we are a Godly nation and for us to come just as Sodom and Gommarah God will destroy us.. how soon we forget the 2 Cat. 5 hurricanes especially Irma.. yes we may want to blame climate change but I believe that was God sending us a warning.. and as for people like you and all the others that is supporting this and and engaging other ills of our community A warning to all of you.. God don’t sleep and He rewards the wicked.. this time around could be worst.. please I am begging you all to stop this sin against our land.. God is watching...
  • 50/50 (01/11/2019, 10:54) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ladies get ready.I will be bringing in a set of men for y’all to buy sex too.Everyone is happy now.Next topic.
  • 50 /50 here (02/11/2019, 21:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What you talking about they are here already you need some 20-20 glasses. Well dressed walking our streets to. you late ha ha

Create a comment

Create a comment

Disclaimer: Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) welcomes your thoughts, feedback, views, bloggs and opinions. However, by posting a blogg you are agreeing to post comments or bloggs that are relevant to the topic, and that are not defamatory, liable, obscene, racist, abusive, sexist, anti-Semitic, threatening, hateful or an invasion of privacy. Violators may be excluded permanently from making contributions. Please view our declaimer above this article. We thank you in advance for complying with VINO's policy.


Follow Us On

Disclaimer: All comments posted on Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) are the sole views and opinions of the commentators and or bloggers and do not in anyway represent the views and opinions of the Board of Directors, Management and Staff of Virgin Islands News Online and its parent company.