The Laundry Man by Kenneth Rijock ( Penguin/Random House UK)

Friday, August 14, 2020

DOMINICA IS CHARGING ITS RETURNING CITIZENS $4000 TO GET OUT OF QUARANTINE CENTERS




The Commonwealth of Dominica, in addition to requiring that its returning citizens spend time in quarantine, has the nerve to charge then EC$4000 for the privilege, in what is obviously a way to raise money. That may be bad form, but it gets worse. A number of those Dominicans who do not have all the money to pay the obscenely high administrative fee have been involuntarily returned to quarantine after their release.

This practice sounds ominously like debtor's prison, which has been illegal in the English speaking countries for centuries. Welcome home to Dominica; now, open your wallet or face the consequences.

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