It is a sad fact that various crimes, once controlled by the lower, less qualified members of the Haitian society, were taken over by the so-called elite business community because they had better organizational abilities, could with the funding available for expansion.
Remember the days when houseboys scraped enough cash together for a kilo of cocaine, available on the streets. The profit potential was so great that major businessmen/women took over since they were capable of financing 100 kilo shipments, coordinate the boats/aircraft, collect the funds and transfer cash back to Haiti, or elsewhere.
Cocaine was one thing, but the lawless period with Aristide/Preval and the breakdown of law-and-order by killing the FAdH and reorganizing the PNH, under Aristide’s direct control, left the Nation as a victim of the criminal element.
During the embargo period there were 29 Columbians under surveillance. Now we have something like 7,000 Columbians here.
The Americans do not seem to be serious in their attempt to stop the flow of cocaine and use it as a political weapon to blackmail people into silence. This concept often targets people with no drug involvement.
The kidnap industry started as an Aristide/Preval political tool and morphed into a growth business as people like Brandt became involved with Aristide’s corrupted PNH – police force.
We have started to break down the kidnap society among us – with Brandt’s arrest – but the Nation’s resolve has weakened because of pressures from within the elite business community, as it tries to protect members of its families from justice. We must move to remove the poison from society or the patient – Haiti – will die.
With a President and Prime Minister operating as absentee landlords there is little hope of getting the Nation under control. There is less of a chance if Martelly continues to act as a dictator, ignoring the obvious involvement of his family members in the cocaine/kidnap business.