Top deputy maps Dominican girls’ path to prostitution
Santo Domingo.- Chamber of Deputies president Abel Martinez on Tuesday revealed that mafias recruit young girls in neighborhoods with promises of work abroad, but in fact taken them to brothels in Haiti instead.
He said the situation occurs throughout the country, but mostly in the Cibao region (north), where women locate the girls and promise them a better life but enslave them as sex workers mostly in the neighboring country, where they’re kept sequestered.
He said the girls are taken across the border to Haiti and sometimes aboard makeshift boats called yolas to San Martin and other Caribbean islands, where they are sold to the highest bidder and forced into prostitution, and many of them lose their lives in the ordeal.
Martinez acknowledge that the country is still one of the leading countries in people trafficking, and what’s worse, the lawmaker says, it’s used as a bridge to smuggle children, adolescents and women. “We must investigate if there are authorities involved at the border and other parts of the country, to accept bribes to let them pass, as there must necessarily be complicity with this mafia network that’s hurting our youth.”
The deputy for Santiago said the parents don’t report most of the cases because they are also duped into thinking that they will improve economically, through their daughters. “Nor the victims when they are rescued, they are afraid to denounce their captors, because they are threatened with death and countless cases that occur in our neighborhoods and it’s a situation that we have to face.”
Martinez noted the UN’s annual report o people trafficking for 2013 keeps the country at category 2, along with others in the region such as Mexico, Chile, Brazil and Argentina, which have also made “significant efforts” to eradicate the crime.
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