Prostitution in the Dominican Republic

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Prostitution in the Dominican Republic is legal, but a third party may not derive financial gain from prostitution (brothels or similar establishments are illegal).[1] However, the government usually does not enforce prostitution laws.[2][3]

The Dominican Republic has gained a reputation of being a major destination for international sex tourism, although it is mostly concentrated in the poorest coastal towns of the country, namely Las Terrenas, Cabarete, Sosua, and Boca Chica.[1] Haitian immigrants also take part in the sex tourism business, with many of the prostitutes in some areas being of Haitian descent.[4][5]

Child prostitution is a problem, particularly in some urban areas and popular tourist destinations,[6][7] but there has been a decrease in child prostitution since 2001, with the increase in policing and the decrease in corruption.[8][9] According to newspaper reports there are about 30,000 children and adolescents involved in the sex industry.[9][10] The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement has started prosecuting individuals who are engaging in child prostitution.[11]

The prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the Dominican Republic is estimated to be 0.7 percent, among the lowest rates in the Caribbean region. However, the percentage among sex workers is estimated to be much higher, ranging from 2.5% to 12.4%, depending on the locale.[12]

See also[edit]

Prostitution in Haiti