About the project. There is no law that explicitly prohibits or legalizes prostitution in the Dominican Republic, a country that has developed lavish resorts along its beautiful beaches. But as the country's popularity as a tourist destination grows, so does its sex tourism, according to the U. The Center for Integral Orientation and Investigation, a non-governmental organization for sexual and reproductive health in the Dominican Republic, estimates there are almost , sex workers in this country of 10 million. While sex work is most prevalent in large cities and tourist areas, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins and COIN, many sex workers like Odalis have local clients. Odalis has a youthful face and a girlish physique.
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Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, the U. But it is illegal to force, deceive or coerce any adult or child into sexual exploitation - also known as human trafficking - and the crime carries a prison sentence of up to 30 years. In recent years, the government has stepped up efforts to prosecute tourists and Dominicans for child sex exploitation. But convictions remain low. According to the U. S State Department, government authorities convicted 20 people for human trafficking in
An American man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison after pleading guilty to traveling to the Dominican Republic to prey on underage girls. At the time, one girl was 13 and the other was The case highlighted the little-reported subjects of underage sex trafficking and sex tourism in the Dominican Republic, which prosecutes few such cases. There are 25, to 35, prostitutes in the country, an estimated 60 percent of whom entered the sex industry as minors, according to a study conducted by the International Labour Organization , a United Nations agency. Prostitution is legal in the Dominican Republic, but the country prohibits brothels and soliciting for sex.
Spain's Queen Letizia speaks with women during a visit to an organic banana cooperative in Azua, Dominican Republic, May 22, Sex workers on the Caribbean island are uniquely vulnerable to contracting coronavirus as well because their work depends upon close physical interactions with clients, Jacqueline Montero, a congresswoman with the opposition Modern Revolutionary Party told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Adult prostitution is legal in the Dominican Republic, and the country is known as a hot spot for sex tourism.