Justice Ministry sweeps up hundreds of child beggars
Santo Domingo.- The Justice Ministry on Tuesday announced a sweep of hundreds of Dominican and Haitian children begging in the streets, most of whose parents’ whereabouts are unknown.
Accompanied by National Childhood Council (Conani) officials, Justice Ministry and police agents gathered 302 minors from the streets and tourism areas, said Alberto Padilla of Conani.
He said 58 of Haitian nationals figure among the children rescued, most of them brought by traffickers to beg in the streets.
Padilla said the authorities are in contact with Haitian officials to return the children to their parents.
The children were sent to shelters located in Jarabacoa, Santiago, in addition to Greater Santo Domingo.
Padilla aid after being brought to the country by traffickers, Haitian children undergo a dramatic situation. “The traffickers often borrow these children from humble homes in Haiti, cross them over the border and force them to beg in any corner, take them to sleep in squalid places in the evening, giving them one or two meals.”
Charges and jail
Jonathan Baró, the Justice Ministry’s Special Prosecutor against people smuggling and migrant trafficking, said 11 Haitians and three Dominicans have been charged with people trafficking since 2011, managing four convictions and sentences between 2 and 15 years in prison.
In late June, Justice minister Francisco Dominguez had vowed to take action against the traffickers of Haitian children, most of whom are placed in the streets to beg and are even forced to work on farms.
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