Prostitution in the Dominican Republic is legal, but a third party may not derive financial gain from prostitution (brothels or similar establishments are illegal). However, the government usually does not enforce prostitution laws.
According to newspaper reports there are about 30,000 children and adolescents involved in the sex industry. The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement has started prosecuting individuals who are engaging in child prostitution.
HIV prevalence in the country's estimated 100,000 female sex workers ranges from 2.5% to 12.4%, depending on the locale.