Although crime across The Bahamas decreased in 2020 by 16 percent, Commissioner of Police Paul Rolle said yesterday that reports of sex crimes increased by 34 percent last year.
Rolle said there were 213 reported incidents in 2020, compared to 159 in 2019.
In particular, Rolle pointed to incidents at parties that took place in short-term rentals.
“The investigators have noted a recent trend in sexual offense cases occurring at Airbnb rentals, where parties were hosted,” he said during his annual meet the press at Police Headquarters.
“Additionally, young females were being targeted via social media.”
He added, “We tried to educate young folks about attending parties at these Airbnbs, getting drunk, and then you find some of these scumbags take advantage of them.”
According to the statistics provided by Rolle, there were 158 reports of unlawful sexual intercourse, 50 reports of rape and five reports of attempted rape.
Thirty-nine rapes were reported on New Providence, nine on Grand Bahama and two on the Family Islands. There were 111 reports of unlawful sexual intercourse on New Providence, 16 on Grand Bahama and 31 on Family Islands.
Rolle said he has asked Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis to restrict parties at short-term rentals.
“I made representation to the competent authority to have that included in restrictions,” he said.
Rolle also said the majority of missing person reports last year were young women “engaging in sexual intercourse”.
According to the statistics he presented, there were 100 missing person reports last year.
Of them, 88 required no further action as the people were found safe, Rolle said, and 11 cases are still under investigation.
Rolle said: “Notwithstanding, the majority of missing person reports were adolescent females engaging in sexual intercourse.”