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Minnesota_Lib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-27-06 02:47 PM
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6. Dominican Republic Child Sex Trade Info
Edited on Tue Jun-27-06 02:51 PM by Minnesota_Lib
"Prostitution is illegal in the Dominican Republic and the age of sexual consent is 18, but child prostitution is a visible and growing phenomenon. The UNICEF report on the problem estimates that there are now at least 25,000 children involved in the sex trade in the Dominican Republic, of whom 63% are girls (UNICEF, 1994).

Though there is, and has always been, some local demand for child prostitutes, it is tourism that has fuelled the rapid growth of this market for children bodies.

As elsewhere in the world, prostitution in the Dominican Republic takes a number of different organisational forms. There is a formal sex industry within which the work of prostitutes is controlled by third parties and there is an informal sector of the sex trade wherein women, men and children prostitute themselves independently or are prostituted in an opportunistic and ad hoc fashion by relatives, pimps or 'friends'."

"Where is child sex tourism most prevalent?

Economically marginalized children are at highest risk of being lured into the sex trade and developing countries have increasing sex tourism problems. Countries such as Cambodia, Thailand, Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil and the Dominican Republic are popular destinations for sexual predators because of the volume of sex tourism venues in operation and the large pool of potential victims who can be easily lured or forced into the sex trade. Additionally, in some countries, local law enforcement tends to be inadequately funded and/or corrupt."

Hmmm......makes one wonder just what Rush, armed with his Viagra, was seeking in the Dominican Republic. Looking for a younger demographic, perhaps?
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