Politicians around the world enjoy a certain degree of privilege that the rest of us simply do not – Cayman is undoubtedly no exception. It's why international compliance bodies see them as being high risk, and they must undergo additional due diligence.
The recent expose of a sex ring involving American millionaire financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Esptein is a cautionary tale of how politicians are often in the mix.
This privilege allows them to sometimes partake in illegal activities with complete immunity. Here in Cayman, we are well aware of the stories that are told on the marl road “from Jesus was a baby.” The allegations run the gamut from sexual improprieties, adulterous affairs and liaisons, domestic violence and more.
Publically they marry, have families, go to church and pretend to be the paragons of virtue. Despite these well planned public lives we have all been privy to the stories of the inappropriate behavior that many engage in.
We have seen several high profile instances of questionable behavior on display by both budding and seasoned politicians. It reminds us they are, just like the rest of us, human after all. However, what makes them different is their ability to circumvent the normal processes and laws that often keep the rest of us in check.
They also use their so-called moral status to set the tone for the rest of the community; and stand in the hallowed halls of the Legislative Assembly preaching to the rest of it. They quote bible scriptures and make legislative decisions based on Christian ethos upon which Cayman was founded. So, when they behave in a manner contrary to those very teachings, they profess they should not be allowed to get a pass legally or in the eyes of public opinion. We must hold them accountable for their actions.
Recently the question of bribery was discussed in the case of an alleged sexual assault of a child in Bodden Town. The town got to talking, and it didn't take long for people to speak their truths. The disgusting underbelly of Cayman's politicians is being thoroughly discussed and exposed. We know the tales of some hanging out in barrooms while their wives are at home like ladies in waiting. We know of the sex-filled orgy-styled boat trips on the open waters. We know of the trips to places like Cuba and Honduras for the sole purpose of engaging in illegal sexual activities with minors.
It's dishearting, to say the least, to know that some politicians are themselves child predators and have been able to hide this. People are talking. The more people talk, the more we realize that there are real reasons we can only progress so far when it comes to child abuse legislation in this country. The very evil we are attempting to stamp out is ingrained in our very fiber from the people who claim to know what is best for us. They are part of the problem.
At what point do we inform them that we are not being fooled by their duplicity but know the truth of who they are? Understanding and accepting the truth is the first step to making necessary change. We cannot accept that any man would travel overseas and take advantage of poor disadvantaged boys or girls; and not do the same on his own soil. Their moral compass is lacking when they can judge other adults for being gay, but then prey upon children.
The community rallies behind useless rhetoric and church attendance; but refuse to acknowledge their disgusting sexual appetite and lack of respect for the institution of marriage.
The privilege of politicians is substantial, but we are declaring is it no longer strong enough to protect political, sexual predators. There is now a palpable change in the air in the Cayman Islands – one that privilege will no longer protect any predator from. We have to be resolved in this fight to speak the truth and shame the devil. Speak the truth and protect all children.
Politicians have to lead the charge against ALL sexual predators and should start by setting examples in their own lives.