In a previous post I had highlighted a friendly male heaviot bleached vendor who myself and others LGBTians do business with has gone into hiding after receiving a hostile reception by men allegedly aligned to the Clansman gang near the market who claim he should pay up or else. The strong armed agents for the gang tend to also go after perceived gay vendors as well and have been accused or ‘giving a bligh’ to such persons over the other vendors as it is well rumoured that Tesha Miller its leader and some other bleached skin characters do engage in gay sex despite they have baby-mothers and multiple female partners. Those two phone in rectum incidents involving Tesha Miller in two different lockups only has added an aura of his long perceived homosexual activity; in other words a kind of behavioural bisexuality if one were to unpack some of this. The previous post the other vendors while glad that the competition is less with the hiding vendor they are concerned about their own safety without saying too much on it.
Another popular vendor in Spanish Town proper in the old bus park where the Linstead buses and taxis are comically known as “Shelly Ann” due to his semi-effeminate demeanour which itself is comical expressed similar sentiments when I ran into him a day ago as I exited the Tastee party store, he greeted me with the usual comical “wah gwaan gal?” (what’s up girl) to which I giggled, days gone by I would have cringed at such a greeting but I really do not care anymore, it is what it is. He tried to get me to buy things from him and I did take some blank DVDs from him but he had to be careful even as despite the cops are around they are targeting mobile vendors or walkers as well and not just ones with stalls or handcarts in one place. Shelly Ann in our conversation said the character Ackeem Johnson/Jackson had been busy in the town collecting money and organizing others but there was internal strife as well in the Clansman gang.
He also referenced Tesha Miller’s absence but most persons suspect he is calling the shots wherever he is and there is fear that after the holidays things are going to get worse. But this morning the police announced their increased patrol for the very same reasons indicated by Shelly Ann which says he was on to something. Shelly Ann also said he has been targeted by both factions of the Clansman gang now in split mode for extortion fees and that the dollar amount had not been dropped but instead doubled and the other rival gangs have been trying to infiltrate that zone; they are so covert however one would never see the actions or know what is happening.
I remember a soup vendor who was killed for the same reason of non payment of extortion way back in 2000 and the outrage that ensued as members of the public reacted that a simple soup vendor needn’t have been killed as he would not turned over significant amounts to pay fees. Several vendors refused to pay any more money but soon found themselves the recipients of threats in failure to do so. Another bleached butch identified woman in the town who sell DVDs as well had reportedly found herself in trouble prior to the clearing of the vendors and the building of BASHCO on Burke Road just in front the Kentucky Fried Chicken store, it was noticeable that she was missing for a time and rumours was that she was threatened so she laid low.
With Tesha Miller and this other Bubba Sparks character now on the run many vendors are hoping they will end up with more money in their pockets for Christmas and those in hiding can come out to try and make a living; that also includes those former homeless/displaced gays who were in or often return to the income generating weed whacking project that is some four plus years old when they get jobs or calls of interest hence my reference to the bag juice sellers who have also been targeted. The now infamous voice notes issuing threats of disruption for the Christmas from as far back as October has only added more salt to the wound, the police’s initial reaction was that the tapes were a possible fabrication or mischief making on the part of the originators but in an almost about face the cops through its Constabulary Communication Unit, CCU that they have intelligence that point to so plans for some extra ordinary event as the in-fighting continues and some persons in the affected areas are threatened with possible violence if they did not switch allegiance or stop opposing the new order.
The CCU has been trying to reassure the public that all be well as they have stepped up patrols in the business district but some are not convinced and are asking then what of undercover sting operations?
This extortion business is everywhere even in the upscale business districts of New Kingston and Half Way Tree surprisingly; west Kingston is already well known for that, I had encountered indirectly some of it in my days at the Ministry of Health when I did HIV outreach, the team and I while conducting the P.L.A.C.E pilot HIV project in 2006 we had to speak to a mini-donman to gain clearance to access certain parts of the rural bus park and market district alongside the lavatory in the bus park, this ‘permission’ was outside of the formal clearances we got from the administration of the market and bus park itself; and even that part of town also had its challenges with perceived gay and lesbian vendors coming under seemingly more pressure than others.
Hope some solution can come to the crime problem but we have allowed this scourge to become so entrenched and near normative it is going to be difficult to break, hope remains while company is true.
Peace & tolerance
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Man threatens woman for attempting to steal his woman