Warning: If You’re Heading to The Bahamas, Tourists Claim They Were Drugged and Assaulted

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  • Source: USA Today
  • 02/10/2024
The Bahamas is undeniably a favorite  spot for many Americans, but a recent harrowing incident involving two young women should serve as a stark reminder to stay vigilant.

Hailing from Kentucky, these two women  encountered trouble  during their visit to a resort in the Bahamas after disembarking from their Carnival cruise ship. Lounging within the confines of a resort in Freeport, Grand Bahama, they were  approached by a resort employee who offered them a "two-for-one" drink special. Little did they know, those drinks were spiked, leading to a tragic outcome as both women were subjected to rape.

From USA Today:

Police in the Bahamas this week arrested two people on sexual assault charges after two American women on a Carnival cruise said they were drugged and raped while in the Caribbean country.

The report comes on the heels of the United States Department of State issuing a travel advisory for the Bahamas − a popular for cruises and spring break vacations.

A "quick response" by officers in Grand Bahama, the northernmost island of the Bahamas in the Atlantic Ocean, resulted in the arrest of a 54-year-old man of Eight Mile Rock and a 40-year-old man of South Bahamia after they allegedly sexually assaulted two women on Sunday, the Royal Bahamas Police Force reported.

According to a preliminary report from the department, the attacks took place shortly after noon on Sunday while two females visited a beach in Central Grand Bahama.

The women, two mothers from Kentucky who identified themselves as Amber Shearer and Dongayla Dobson, told News Nation's Chris Cuomo they were "relaxing on a Grand Bahama beach" when a resort employee allegedly gave them drinks spiked with a cocktail of drugs including benzodiazepines.

"They were given drinks – a coconut and pineapple drink − spiked with a series of drug and narcotics," the women's Miami-based attorney, Nicholas Gerson told USA TODAY Thursday. "They became inebriated and were both taken away and raped."

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