MONTEGO BAY, St James — Kalina Collier, the United States airline worker who, after testing positive for the novel coronavirus, reportedly faked that she was kidnapped in Jamaica and was being trafficked by a local hotel accompanied by her mother, departed here on a flight from Sangster International Airport yesterday afternoon.
She left the island after the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) strongly refuted damaging claims that surfaced on social media that she was kidnapped.
The claim, initially made by Collier on social media, has garnered support from numerous individuals abroad who have called for a boycott of Jamaica after the young woman claimed that she was being held against her will.
However, Collier’s claims have been described as a ruse by the American to avoid quarantine, after testing positive for COVID-19.
“…Absolutely not kidnapped, nothing of the sort. It was quarantine. This is what we do for each visitor that comes to the island [who] finds themselves in any unfortunate situation while they are on the island. That’s why we have a visitor relations department at the Jamaica Tourist Board that we go in and offer all the support that we can,” Jamaica Tourist Board Regional Director Odette Dyer told the Jamaica Observer.