Though none was needed, this is yet further proof that Fitzgerald Hinds is totally unfit and unprepared for his job.
Providing no evidence to substantiate his outlandish claims, Hinds is now telling the nation that unsolved sexual crimes are due to victims making deals with criminals. This Rowley government is taking victim blaming to a new obscene and appalling level.
Hinds is desperately trying to cover for his own incompetence in national security, because he is presiding over a crime surge that has left citizens feeling afraid and uncertain about their personal safety.
Sexual Assault and rape are serious crimes that should never be callously dismissed. There are a raft of reasons currently preventing victims from coming forward, chief among them is a lack of trust in the justice system. These latest despicable statements by Hinds will further erode the work being done to encourage victims to come forward, and to bring the perpetrators of these heinous crimes to justice.
With these reprehensible statements Fitzgerald Hinds has now crossed a line from which there can be no return. No responsible Prime Minister can allow a Minister who accuses victims of sexual assault and rape of profiting from said assault to remain as National Security Minister.
Fitzgerald Hinds has disgraced himself and the office he holds. He must go now.
Kamla Persad-Bissessar, SC, MP
Leader of the Opposition
9th May 2022