Fighting Sex Trafficking
The Dominican Republic is a beautiful country with a dark side: The country has emerged as a hotspot for child sex tourism.1 Impoverished Dominican children, as well as Haitians who have come to the Dominican Republic in search of better opportunities, are particularly vulnerable. IJM’s field team witnessed this reality firsthand—seeing young teens being openly sold for sex on the streets.
Right now, traffickers and customers alike operate with impunity: according to the Public Ministry, over a ten-year period starting in 2003, the country obtained only six convictions against human traffickers. Police have sent a few traffickers to prison, but they are facing a massive trafficking crisis.
We are ready to partner with local authorities to combat this violence.