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Jump in smuggling of Haitians concerns Dominican authorities

Dajabón, Dominican Rep.- Trafficking in Haitian women and children along the northwest border has jumped in recent weeks, organizations in the area reported Monday, with at least 20 women accompanied by children, arrested by Army troops on Sunday.

A military source said the arrests were carried out in the checkpoints at El Copey, Manzanillo, Santa Maria, Cañongo, Los Miches and Santiago de la Cruz, along the border of the Dominican of Dajabon and Montecristi provinces.

The source said the authorities are concerned with the large number of undocumented Haitians who try to cross into Dominican territory, mostly children and women.

They also reported that several Haitian and Dominican traffickers -even repeat offenders- have been arrested and charged, but gain their release “easily.”

According to the Army, the children were sent with their mothers to the National Children’s Council for medical evaluation after some showed signs of malnutrition.

Army troops detained more than 120 Haitian immigrants last Thursday, mostly women accompanied by children after they crossed the border, helped by traffickers in both countries.

Source: DT

July 18, 2016

Category: DR News |

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