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Migration authorities to clamp down on beggars and traffickers

Santo Domingo.- The Migration Department (DGM) informed on Friday that it would increase vigilance and migratory operations to locate and detain the gangs behind the groups of Haitians begging on street corners and public areas in the capital and other cities.

The communications media have been reporting for some time that minors and women with babies in arms, all Haitian nationals, are controlled by a gang that sends them to beg on street corners around the cities

The Migration office says that these scenes had almost completely vanished since last August, when teams of inspectors started to take nationwide measures to identify foreigners with irregular migratory status, but now they appear to have taken advantage of the Christmas season to return to some streets and public places.

The migration authorities warn that they are aware of the situations that are being reported and that they will take action as they did last August when the period during which the Government stopped the migration inspections came to an end.

“We are going to detain…” says the DGM statement, “whoever is working to place children at intersections to wash windshields and to send Haitian women with minors to beg on the streets”.

In a press release, the DGM says that “we will continue our interdiction operations and will imprison those responsible for this reprehensible practice, and they will be taken to court, and if they are of another nationality, they will be deported to their own country following the procedures set out for this purpose.

“We will clear the streets of this type of begging and will punish those responsible for this illegal and degrading practice,” warned the Migration Department.

The DGM states that it will take strong measures against the people trafficking rings in order to end this “form of exploitation that denigrates the safety and integrity of the people and violates their human rights”.

Source: DT

Jan 9, 2016

Category: DR News |

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