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The Dominican Republic Government and Human Trafficking The Dominican Republic Government and Human Trafficking Kimbra L. Ussery Georgia Southern University FYE 1200 12/6/2011 Introduction During the week of Thanksgiving of 2010, my family and I went on a cruise around the eastern Caribbean. One of the stops on our week long vacation was at Catalina Island (known as
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The Dominican Republic Government and Human Trafficking Isla Catalina to the natives). Catalina Island is a tropical island located about a mile and a half from the Dominican Republic on the southeast side corner. In my opinion, it was definitely one of the most beautiful places on earth. However, the culture was much different there than at home in the United States. Even though the Dominican Republic and the United States of America are different in many ways, the countries have more in common than one may realize. We all know the United States has issues with human trafficking. (For the purpose of this paper, human trafficking will be defined as the illegal trade of human beings for the purpose of sexual exploitation or slavery.) Atlanta, Georgia is considered one of the top centers for human trafficking ("Human trafficking atlanta,"). From a tourist’s perspective, it is hard to walk along those beautiful beaches of the Dominican Republic and imagine such a vile act occurring there as well. Discussion However, the Dominican Republic is in fact a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to trafficking, specifically forced prostitution and forced labor ("Human trafficking in," 2011). Dominican women and children are subjected to forced prostitution not just in the Dominican Republic, but throughout the Caribbean, Europe, South America, and the United States (Hughes, Sporic, Mendelsohn & Chirgwin). Both Dominican men and women have been found to have been subjected to forced labor in the United States and Argentina. Further, women are also brought into the Dominican Republic for prostitution
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The Dominican Republic Government and Human Trafficking (Hughes, Sporic, Mendelsohn & Chirgwin). An unknown number of women tourists may have subsequently become trafficking victims, even if they came to the island of their own free will.
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