- Several women told The Detroit Free Press that they were sexually assaulted at Jamaican properties owned by Sandals Resorts.
- The women say they were asked not to report the incidents to police and given free stays and other compensation in exchange for signing nondisclosure agreements.
- Sandals Resort denied covering up sexual assault claims in a statement to INSIDER.
- The company also accused one of the women of conducting a “smear campaign.”
Sandals Resorts attempted to silence tourists who were allegedly sexually assaulted on their Jamaican properties with free stays and refunds, according to an investigation from The Detroit Free Press.
Multiple victims spoke to the Free Press, claiming they were drugged, raped, and assaulted at properties owned by Sandals.
The victims said they were asked not to report the incidents to police and given free stays and other compensation in exchange, the investigation said.
In one case, an 18-year-old au pair visiting Jamaica in July claimed she was drugged and raped and that Sandals did nothing to help.
She said Sandals paid her American host family $25,000 to refund their trip in exchange for the parents signing a nondisclosure agreement.
The 18-year-old did not sign an NDA, and told the Free Press that Sandals officials “know what happened.”
“They know exactly who it was,” the woman said. “My silence will not be bought. They let someone get away with it.”
In another incident, a Kansas City woman told the Free Press that she was sexually assaulted by a Sandals Ochi Beach Resort employee in October 2017 during a sailing lesson.
She said she reported the incident to the resort, which reportedly offered her a $4,500 if she signed a nondisclosure agreement.
“It was so fast — and they didn’t give me time to think about anything,” she recalled. “I said, ‘Do I need to make a police report?’ They said, ‘No. You don’t need to do that. We’ll take care of everything.'”
Sandals denies the reports
In a statement to INSIDER, Sandals Resorts said one of its core values “is exceeding guest expectations and with that comes operating in full transparency.”
“We are a family operated enterprise that cares deeply about each and every guest we welcome into our resort home,” the statement said. “Recent allegations of coverups by our organization are false and are gross misrepresentations of not only the facts but who we are and what we stand for as a leader in the industry.”
The company also accused one of the women of conducting a “smear campaign.”
The Free Press investigation comes just months after the paper revealed sexual assaults on tourists in Jamaica is a longstanding problem, with one American being raped every month. Sandals operates nine resorts on the island of Jamaica, and 24 throughout the Caribbean.
Published at Tue, 18 Dec 2018 14:27:00 +0000