(AP) — People who force others into prostitution and clients of prostitutes will face arrest in the Dominican Republic as part of a crackdown on sex trafficking in the Caribbean country, the attorney general said Wednesday.
Prostitution has long been practiced openly in much of the Dominican Republic but the trafficking of people for the sex trade, both within the country and overseas, has become so widespread that the government believes it must now impose controls on the industry, Attorney General Francisco Dominguez said.
"We are talking in many cases about young girls who are semi-enslaved," Dominguez said at a news conference.
Prostitutes themselves are not facing arrest since there is no law in the Dominican Republic that specifically forbids the practice. But it is illegal to make money off the sexual services of another person or to force someone to work as a prostitute. Those who use the services of prostitutes can be charged as accessories to pandering and face a sentence of 10-15 years in prison, officials said.
No one has been arrested so far. It is unclear at this point how strictly it will be enforced in a country that has an already overburdened justice system and that has been long been known as a destination for people seeking the services of prostitutes.
The prospect of arresting clients or pimps angered Jacqueline Montero, president of a non-governmental group that represents sex workers called the Movement of Women United. She said any crackdown will deprive poor women of income they need to survive.
"This is a witch hunt against us," Montero said.
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WARNING FROM THE CANADIAN PRESS!!
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People trafficking networks, Dom. Rep.’s most organized, powerful
DominicanToday.com - The networks that traffic with, and smuggle persons are the most organized in the country, in addition to being "extremely powerful."
Justice minister Francisco Domínguez said the fact that Dominicans rank fourth among women prostitutes around the world, results form in most cases, to the recruitment networks.
He said that’s why the arrest of johns seeking prostitutes will continue, since the women in those relationships are the most vulnerable. "People think this is a joke and laugh, but it's no game."
He said despite the debate the measure has generated it’s not just about victim abuse, but other aspects which the country should also be "strongly" aware of, including the victim’ experience of slavery conditions among both sexes.
Dominguez, quoted by diariolibre.com, added that the Dominicans are stigmatized in some of the countries they visit and regrets that the country is sold abroad as a paradise for sex.
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