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Dominican Republic

Fighting Sex Trafficking

The Dominican Republic is a global tropical tourist destination known for its sandy beaches and natural beauty—but it is also a hotspot for traffickers and sex tourists.

Sex trafficking in the Dominican Republic is predominantly street-based. Customers can easily purchase girls and teens by working through buscones—young men who work as pimps and often drive taxis or motorbikes. The Dominican Republic passed its first anti-trafficking law in 2003, and three years later the government enacted a nationwide plan to combat child sex trafficking. In the decade since this law was enacted, there were only six convictions. Authorities are willing to act, but need more resources to implement the laws that will free children and restrain traffickers.

“IJM has the opportunity to help change the way the entire country views trafficking. I can imagine a Dominican Republic where criminals are brought to justice, and where these girls and young women find restoration and new lives.”

Fernando Rodriguez Former Field Office Director of IJM Dominican Republic​​

We officially launched our Dominican Republic office in 2013. Since then we have rescued more than 120 children and young women from sex trafficking and have restrained more than 30 criminals for sex trafficking and related crimes.

Our Team in the Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Field Office Director: Juan Jose Gomez
Established: 2013
Focus: Sex Trafficking

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