Birth tourism and begging business from Haiti still going strong
Army chief Major General Jose Eugenio Matos de la Cruz says that networks of Haitians and Dominicans are still trafficking in pregnant women from Haiti to give birth in Dominican hospitals while other women with small children are sent to beg at street intersections. “We have detected a network that brings groups of pregnant Haitian women and children and when we ask the children if they are their parents they say yes, which requires special attention because the traffickers know this and they cannot be repatriated in the same way as anyone else who is here illegally. He said that the people smugglers are aware of this. It makes the work of the authorities more difficult and benefits these foreigners who never have documentation,” he stated. The adults are taken to care centers with the children and the Army, together with Migration agents, takes them to the Haitian border and hand them over to the Haitian authorities. But the next day the same children return and say they are the children of the mothers and fathers who they are with.
General Matos de la Cruz says that thousands of Haitians who are prevented from crossing still manage to re-enter. He said there is a 6,000-strong military force on the border, that at times is increased to 8,000 in special circumstances, along with helicopter surveillance.
He said that in 2015, they arrested 143,071 undocumented foreigners trying to reach the cities using public and private transportation and taking motorbike taxis from one community to another.
Source: DR1, Elnacional
Feb 26, 2016
Category: DR News |