Tourism Minister, Ed Bartlett, says Jamaica accepts that nearly 80 tourists from the US have reportedly been raped during their stay on the island over the last seven years.
The figure was reported by a national newspaper in America, USA Today, in an article published yesterday.
According to the article, the island’s tourism sector is facing a ‘historic’ sexual assault problem.
However, the Tourism Minister says the government has a protocol in place to respond to incidents of sexual assault and rape involving tourists in local resorts.
He says the Ministry receives incident reports if a visitor is hurt during their stay.
Minister Bartlett says the security forces and the victim’s family are also notified when the Tourism Ministry receives the incident reports.