Karla* celebrated her 13th birthday on March 10 with a cake and candles, beginning her teenage years in freedom.
SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC-- Yesterday, a criminal was found guilty and sentenced in the Dominican Republic for the commercial sexual exploitation of a teenage girl. The ruling is only one of a handful of convictions handed down in the past decade. The conviction is the first for IJM’s office in the country.
18 young women, including 14 minors, who had been trafficked are now free.
A new study reveals that 1 in 10 individuals engaged in commercial sexual exploitation in the Dominican Republic are children.