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Second hotel job seeker goes missing in MoBay

BY KIMONE FRANCIS
Staff reporter
francisk@jamaicaobserver.com

Sunday, March 24, 2019

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A second woman who travelled to Montego Bay, St James for a job opportunity has gone missing.

The woman, 23-year-old Felicia Tyndale, reportedly left home in Mandeville, Manchester Monday afternoon to meet a man, who is said to have told her that he could provide a job for her in the hotel sector.

Tyndale, who was employed to a company in the parish, but was unhappy with its operations, left home shortly after 3:00 pm that day for the second city and is believed to have met up with the man who said he was a detective in the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

Around 7:00 pm, she phoned her grandmother to let her know that she would begin working immediately and that she should not worry about her.

She has not been heard from since.

On Friday, a family friend residing in the United Kingdom e-mailed the Jamaica Observer requesting that the newspaper assists with raising awareness about the matter as well as possibly prompt someone who might have information about Tyndale's whereabouts to contact the police.

The Sunday Observer contacted Tyndale's grandmother Elaine Morgan who has since been left distraught by the whole ordeal.

“I bawl till can't bawl anymore. I feel like me a go dead. Mi one grandchild them take. She have manners to mi; I feel like mi ago dead. One policeman seh him a go get her a job at Montego Bay. In the night she call me and seh she a go work. Mi seh 'No. How you fi just gone down and start work already? Mi seh yuh get place fi stay?' She seh 'Yes'. To how she a talk it coming like someone 'round her. Afterwards around 9:30 [pm] she call me and tell me nuh fret,” Morgan shared.

That was the last conversation the two had.

Efforts to contact Tyndale have been futile.

A missing person report has been filed with the police.

A report was also filed for 27-year-old Tiffany Murray of Palmetto Grove, Highgate in St Mary.

Murray has been missing since March 16.

Reports from the Port Maria Police are that Murray left home about 9:30 am for Montego Bay, St James, for a job interview.

When last seen she was dressed in a black blouse, floral pants and a pair of black shoes. All efforts to contact her have proven futile.

In the meantime, Minister of Labour and Social Security Shahine Robinson is urging persons who learn of job recruitment through social media to contact the ministry before making plans.

“The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is warning of employment scams; that there are a number of unscrupulous activities targeting vulnerable jobs seekers. We regret that so many people have been caught up in this situation, especially those who have gone missing. We hope and pray that they will swiftly return to their families,” Robinson told the Sunday Observer when contacted on Friday.

Robinson said the public and especially job seekers need to be more vigilant and should as much as possible try to verify information before making a decision.

“We continue to ask persons to check with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security for the list of recruitment agencies that are duly licensed by the ministry. I want to stress that persons must ensure that they are doing business with a licensed entity and not just a registered business because anybody can register a business. Persons can either call us or visit our website at www.mlss.gov.jm to get a copy of the listing of licensed entities,” said Robinson.

“Social media is no longer an emerging technology. It is here with us and we have to become more responsible in the way that we use it and I must say to persons who engage in social media scams to desist. It doesn't suit us as a country to prey on the unsuspecting in our country and to exploit vulnerable persons,” the minister said.

Robinson also used the opportunity to mention that the ministry is currently recruiting for the Canadian work programme and that a shortlist has been compiled. Robinson stressed that the ministry does not charge for participation in the programme.

“So if you are being asked to pay money to persons for the forms or for the interviews, immediately report them to the police. There is no charge attached,” she said.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Tyndale or Murray is being asked to contact the police 119 emergency number or the nearest police station.


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