The Dominican Republic and the Trafficking of Women

trata-personas1According to an article from Prensa Latina, in the Central American and Caribbean region, the Dominican Republic has the largest number of trafficked persons, according to international agencies. A report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime states that Dominican victims of this scourge have been repatriated from at least 18 countries, mainly from Europe and America. From 2007 to 2010, Dominican women represented from one to three percent of those affected by the problem.

Referring to the current situation, attorney general Francisco Domínguez said that the Dominican Republic cannot continue to allow its women to be offered to the highest bidder. He said, “Our compatriots are not part of a tour package,” and he commented on the need to do away with a phenomenon of such negative social impact. According to Dominguez, it is necessary to put an end the impunity and complicity with international networks engaged in deceiving Dominicans by offering false employment contracts. Through promises of work and better living conditions, human traffickers sexually exploit women, violating their fundamental rights. Meanwhile, various social organizations have also condemned trafficking and have suggested several ways to overcome this problem from a multidimensional approach.

According to the Anti-Slavery Movement 1A1 [Movimiento contra la Esclavitud 1A1]—whose purpose is to guide and help victims recover and reintegrate into society—this problem is a crime of terrible consequences; it is considered to be a contemporary form of slavery and an extreme form of violence against women, adolescents, and children. It is closely related to prostitution, pornography, sex tourism, and domestic service, among other activities.

[. . .] After arms and drug trafficking, trafficking in women and girls for sexual exploitation is the third most lucrative illegal activity in the world, according to the International Organization for Migration.

This post was based on my translation from a Spanish-language article from Prensa Latina; see

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