50 years ago: Need for foreign domestic workers raises questions

NEW Bodden-50-years-logo-final-595x420In the March 30, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Haig Bodden wrote:

“Mr. William S. Terry, one of Bodden Town’s hard working farmer-fishermen, left the island on the 26th for the U.S. Mr. Terry has been an employee of N.B.C. for many years.

“Two young ladies arrived by Thursday’s plane from Jamaica to work in the homes of Mr. Clifton Hunter and Mr. Arthur Hunter, both in the district of Bodden Town.

“The Hunters had to go to considerable expense and red tape to obtain work permits and get these people past immigration formalities.

“A few years ago, no one would have thought it necessary to look abroad for female domestics. Whether this acute shortage is due to higher standards of living, inefficiency or laziness is a question for the philosophers to ponder.

“Miss Jenny Wood returned from Jamaica on the 24th. Miss Wood, who had gone to Jamaica for medical treatment, is now considerably improved.

“Rev. L. Williams and Elder C.A. Hunter, both of the United Church, left for Jamaica on the 26th to participate in a business meeting of their church.”