Perilous Dominican Republic-Puerto Rico crossing claims more Haitians
San Juan, Puerto Rico.- Five Haitian boatpeople drowned near Mona island, Puerto Rico, as smugglers apparently forced 18 passengers overboard before escaping, the U.S. Coast Guard said . The victims who attempted the perilous crossing set off from the Dominican Republic, AP reports.
Seven men and six women reached land, the bodies of two migrants were recovered three are still missing and believed dead.
U.S. and Dominican authorities halted search and rescue operations on Sunday.
“Everything indicates that traffickers are only worried about themselves and let these five people die who were just trying to find a better life,” said U.S. Coast Guard captain Drew W. Pearson.
The number of Haitian boatpeople setting off from Dominican Republic’s east coat to reach U.S. territory has jumped since the beginning of this year.
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