Term Paper: Caribbean Islands Drug Trade

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[. . .] This is not because of the local population, whose revenues do not permit them necessarily to afford drugs, but because of the rich foreign citizens that choose to spend their vacations in the area. Of course, a suitable commercial market is a step forward in encouraging the drug trade, but to the extent that the transitory characteristics of the islands (as places where the drugs do not necessarily stop, but pass through towards the richer states like the Untied States) becomes a stable market for the dealers. Had the Caribbean Islands not been a recreation spot for rich foreign citizens, it is more than probable that the incentive for drug trade in the area would not have existed. The stable market would not have existed in the area and the Caribbean Islands would have remained at most a transitory space in the drug trade. This would have been more advantageous, because a transitory drug trade would have been easier to stop and fight against.

2. What if the Caribbean Islands had not been one of the places where most financials retreat to after big transactions (I am thinking here of plays like the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, etc.)?

This hypothetical scenario is somewhat related to what I have discussed in the previous scenario. We have to keep in mind that the native population does not really represent a proper targeted or potential market because of their lower revenues. The presence of such fiscal paradises in the area means that many of the 'less clean' money will find a refuge here, together with the financials that have made them. These persons do not necessarily need to have an inclination towards drug use, but they will certainly have the material base for it. Had there not been several fiscal paradises within the area, it is more than probable that the islands would have not been a retreat for rich persons who would have the money not only to buy drugs for themselves, but also to actively participate in the drug trade. As such, it is common knowledge that many of them have become involved in the drug trade, not only because they are rich, but also because they want to be richer and the drug trade is, of course, a proper place to start with. The fact that there are several other problems stated above in these Caribbean islands means that the respective persons will only have to find the appropriate persons to be bribed and these are not few

3. What if the tourism in the Caribbean Islands had not given birth to a whole chain of prostitutes?

It is common knowledge that most often, sex and drugs come together (of course there is also rock and roll, but here we have a cultural landmark, the reggae music. I will discuss this in the cultural scenario). The rich tourists I have talked about in the what- if scenario number 1 are also the best consumers in terms of women. However, the prostitution industry has followed lately a trend in which they tend to offer more than one service to their customers. With women, naturally come additional services such as good drinks and good drugs. As an observation, we notice that the entire tourism scenario relates to the fact that with it comes a potential target market with high revenues that the drug dealers can use to commercialize their merchandise to. Thus, prostitution also means the encouragement of other crime-related activities such as drugs and is no help to stopping drug trade in the area.

Scenario 4: Local culture and traditions

1. What if we had no voodoo?

I am not making any assertions that voodoo and drugs come together, but am rather inclined to believe that a sensible potential market can be discovered within the voodoo preachers, wizards, etc. Religion implies in itself a spiritual, sometimes mystical state of mind. Voodoo and mystics go hand in hand. It is frequent that, in case you cannot achieve a mystical state by usual means (meditation, prayers, etc.), this can be reached through complementary means, such as drugs...I have made this assertion in order to be able to discover yet another potential category of drug consumers in the Caribbean islands who would thus encourage the drug trade in the area. I am NOT asserting here that had there been no voodoo, there would have been no drug trade in the Caribbean Islands, but I am asserting that there would have been an incentive that would have been avoided (among with the many others I have written about here).

So, I will be considering that had there been no voodoo, the drug dealers would have had one class of consumers less to deal to and one less potential area to use in their trade.

2. What if we had no reggae music?

Of course, the most obvious consequence of this what if scenario would have been the fact that we would have been much culturally poorer. We can only think of the legend Bob Marley in asserting that without him, the music today would be totally different. However, we are familiar with the many movies and pictures of the Jamaican reggae musician, with his hair and, almost all of the times, with a joint in his mouth or with smoke all around him. This would have a double role in the drug trade: of course, another potential targeted customer area of selection and an advertising campaign in many ways.

Many of the reggae musicians have turned to drugs, not only to drug consumption, but also to drug dealing and drug trade. It is an undeniable fact, even if we can mention many other artistic personalities that have done the same. However, differently from other cases, when we think about reggae music, we think about the Caribbean Islands. The spiritual movement that reggae came to be associated with meant an occasional affiliation with the drug trade and a particular strong consumption market. This is one of my weaker what-if scenarios, since I am making several assumptions that may lack the basis o0f documentation, however, for the sake of the argument, we may assume that the reggae movement did represent one of the incentives for the drug trade and we may build a what-if scenario on the premises that if reggae music had not existed there would have been one lesser source of help for the trade.

3. What if slavery had not existed?

Many of the populations in the Caribbean Islands have been formed by former slaves that were brought to the then Dutch, French, Spanish and British colonies in the area. I am not sure we can fully evaluate the consequences of slavery, let alone its impact on the present-day drug trade, however, we are entitled to make the assumption that had there been no slavery, yet another element that encouraged the drug trade would not have existed. It is quite hard to support this assumption, but I am thinking of the fact that there used to be a population that for several generations had been in slavery type relations with the white colonists. What response could one have to this state of oppression? Well, music could be one. Traditions yet another, but we can consider drugs as well. Additionally, we may consider that even today, with slavery long gone, many of the local native inhabitants still have the memory of those times and that one of the responses they give to the society is through drugs and the drug trade. This is not necessarily such a far-fetched assumption if we consider the fact that, in many ways, drugs and drug addiction are similar to slavery, yet more terrible probably. Could this be considered a response? Can we assume that the drug trade is one of the responses that the former enslaved population throws towards the society nowadays? As I have said, it may be considered far-fetched, but not to the extreme where it should not be discussed at all.





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