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New Orleans Travel Agency Accused of Robbing Black Women Attending The Essence Music Festival

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New Orleans Travel Agency Accused of Robbing Black Women Attending The Essence Music Festival

A New Orleans based travel agency is under fire after being accused of taking advantage of multiple women attending the Essence Music Festival in the city.

OBL Travel, an online agency that prides itself on being the best in New Orleans, has received multiple complaints, according to officials with the Better Business Bureau. One woman claims she lost over $5,000, while another claims to have been out of more than $17,000.

“I am livid right now,” Adrianna Williams, from Minnesota, said during an interview with WDSU.

Williams said her group of 16 was set to attend the Essence Festival after purchasing a package that included hotel stay, rides to and from the airport, party passes, and tickets. She said she paid with a money order and hasn’t heard anything from OBL since.

“I didn’t get nothing but lint in my pocket and not being able to pay my mortgage,” Williams said. She gave the company nearly $17,000.

Another woman, Cinneah Elamin of New York City, arrived in New Orleans only to find she had no tickets, hotel, or party passes. She said her group paid OBL $5,000.

“We are not from New Orleans. We are from the New York, D.C., Maryland area, so to get down here and find that we have absolutely nothing is really a shock. At the moment we have nothing. If we find out that we actually do not have concert tickets, then we likely will not be able to attend the show now that the tickets are well over $500.”

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Managing Editor, All Black Media

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