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Corruption, Cocaine and Murder in Trinidad

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Published on May 20, 2014

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Around midnight on May 3, Dana Seetahal, a prominent attorney and former senator in Trinidad and Tobago, had just left a casino in the capital of Port of Spain when her vehicle was stopped by another car blocking the road. A van pulled up alongside and let loose a burst of gunfire, killing her in a well orchestrated hit.

Her murder was one of approximately 170 that have occurred in the Caribbean nation so far this year, putting it on course for one of the highest murder rates in the world. The country saw only 93 murders in 1999. Last year, there were 407.

VICE News visited the slums of Port of Spain and spoke with police, activists, community leaders, and gangsters to understand the country's decade-plus spike in killings. Many of the murders are attributed to ruthless and politically connected street gangs who control territories that are sometimes no larger than a city block. The gangs fight over lucrative government contracts meant to provide social services and combat unemployment.

But gang violence is merely a symptom of a bigger problem. Trinidad has become an important stop for drugs headed to West Africa and the United States. Many observers point to "the big fish" — the nameless political and business elites who are behind drug trafficking and the culture of endemic corruption and murder that come with it. They are accused of turning a country rich in oil and gas deposits into their own personal narco-state, fostering impunity through a web of bribes and murders. Unlike the profits from the energy industry, however, this phenomenon trickles all the way down to the street level.

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Comments • 2,419

KIMMIE CORBIE
KIMMIE CORBIE3 years agoHighlighted comment
yes there is corruption cocaine and murder in Trinidad but its not the worst...I LOVE MY COUNTRY and you people who are looking at this and judging what Trinidad is really like i feel sorry for you because this does not even cover the tip of the iceburg...because this video was only shot in one small area in Trinidad...the entire island IS NOT what people assume it to be after looking at this video
politcally correct
you missed the whole point of the video. listen to the end again
Robert Byrne
I can honestly say I don't think I have ever heard someone say 9 times harder
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Bacchus
Is there any place in the world that doesn't have corruption, cocaine and murder?
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joshua langley
Fucking corrupt cop with his Freemason gold rings on.. The Freemason insignia, The all seeing eye and the 5 sided star and moon.. Masonic Satanist... He's part of the operation that runs the drugs...
yardie gaza
Jamaicans dominated the cocaine work right out them English mafias hands when they were active same thing in new York and CA Jamaicans were weakening those racist mobsters paving the way for pore collard people to get there hands on some dirty money Jamaicans were rising in America I am talking about all 50 stats in the 80s way before other gangs went international it was a tribal family thing now a days its all a criminal competition.
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Jordan subscribe to get money
"We are in Canada, which has been devastated by fighting" never thought I'd hear that ever
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Josh MacDonald
us Canadians are "sheeple" we just follow the leader and do what were told. I am now a minority in my own country #fucktredeau #fuckWinn
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alien brain
the last few words in this story were absolutely prophetic for the whole world
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Michael Schultz
Plenty...., really buddy? Come on....what we need is for black ppl to start giving a Fuv% and stop blaming their problems on white ppl.
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X Period
Any video on youtube that has black people in it, you will see how weird whites are & how they are completely infatuated with black people. Every single video I swear.
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Marios Francis
Take it from a Trini... Sargeant Alexander is all talk, He doesnt DARE go into those areas on his own. For that matter... his officers operate like a gang themselves. Since this documentary premiered, he's only about TV ratings now cuz they gave him a TV show. And yea... He's a WELL known freemason... do the math yourselves. Abu Bakr is a gang leader himself, parading as a crusader of the Islamic faith. He's a sycophant and a fraud. Not a single REAL Muslim i know, subscribes to his theories of Islam. A cousin of mine fears for his life til this day because he decided to LEAVE the Jamaat Al Muslimeen. They prey on the weak minded and economically unstable to fortify their ranks... and pretending that they are standing of the pillars of their faith. I myself live literally spitting distance from a 'crime hotspot'... believe when i say that there are a a lot more corrupt people in the police and government, than in the small communities and 'ghettos'. And the 'big fish' are well known and VERY prominent... but criminals wont arrest their own.
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the tusk
Marios Francis all his freemason bling was pretty interseting
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Inster
Lol when he called the baddest cops out there at 3:30 all of them started smiling
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ThatHipHopArtist
DEAD
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Kenneth Miya
Its easy for me to understand Trinidad's English accent than the redneck Amerikanerin.
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LDHBYCCMP
Kenneth Miya yes I don't have any problems with the accent too. I'm Surinamese, but I have some Guyanese family members. The accents sound nearly identical.
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Inderia Harvey
why cant everyone just smoke a spliff n live good
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Will Barber
Peter Parker relax, it's not that serious
Peter Parker
+Inderia Harvey you are a fucking retard
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