96% of Dominican minors face sexual exploitation in east region
Dominican Republic.- 96% of children and youngsters in Dominican Republic’s east region are at risk of commercial sexual exploitation, as evidenced by three studies in 10 communities, disclosed by Plan International Wednesday, EFE reports.
Commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC), in all its forms, is a violation of fundamental rights and a modern form of slavery.
The Plan International panel “Challenges Prevent Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents in the Dominican Republic” released the results of the study conducted in Boca Chica, Santo Domingo provice, and Guayacanes, Quisqueya, San Pedro province, and San Rafael del Yuma, Higuey, Veron, Punta Cana, Boca de Yuma, Macao and El Salado, Altagracia province.
“Lack of education, physical, psychological or sexual abuse, domestic violence, dysfunctional families, teenage pregnancies and lack of economic and social opportunities” where the most common causes of CSEC.
“Exposure to these abuses occur in less serious physical, social and psychological impact on their lives,” said Plan representative Raquel Casares.
“Most of adolescents and young people interviewed in one study live in towns and neighborhoods where raw poverty and lack of opportunities are regularly associated with the presence of CSEC. These groups are the most vulnerable and therefore require preferential treatment in the field of prevention,” Casares said.
Aug 13, 2016
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