2 Watch List)
in part from the U.S. State Dept
2023 TIP Report
The Government of
the Dominican Republic does not fully meet the minimum standards for the
elimination of trafficking but is making significant efforts to do so.These efforts
included convicting more traffickers, investigating two police officers for
trafficking crimes, and increasing international law enforcement cooperation.The government also
identified more victims and implemented new protections for vulnerable
domestic workers.However, the government did not demonstrate overall
increasing efforts compared with the previous reporting period, even
considering the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, if any, on its
anti-trafficking capacity.The government systematically and persistently failed to
equitably screen vulnerable migrant or undocumented populations and refer
identified victims to services and did not provide these groups justice in
trafficking crimes.The government investigated and prosecuted fewer
traffickers, did not adequately investigate labor trafficking cases involving
migrants and children, and did not adequately identify labor trafficking
victims.The government also did not adopt draft amendments to the
anti-trafficking law that would remove the requirement to prove force, fraud,
or coercion in sex trafficking cases involving child victims; did not
adequately fund anti-trafficking efforts; did not provide sufficient
training, resources, and technology to officials, especially outside of the
capital; and did not complete a new NAP.Therefore the
Dominican Republic was downgraded to Tier 2 Watch List.
and consistently screen vulnerable migrant or undocumented populations,
including those in agricultural and construction industries, for trafficking
indicators and refer them to care.
the 2003 anti-trafficking law to remove the requirement to prove force,
fraud, and coercion in sex trafficking crimes involving victims younger than
the age of 18, consistent with international law.
implement, and fund a new NAP and ensure the Inter-institutional Commission
against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (CITIM) meets
regularly to carry out its anti-trafficking functions.
timeliness and accuracy of labor inspections and ensure consistent
investigation of labor trafficking.
or re-issue identity documents to eligible migrant populations, including
temporary workers, to reduce vulnerability to trafficking.
implement Law 169-14 to issue nationality documents to eligible Dominicans of
Haitian descent, to reduce vulnerability to trafficking.
the number of translators, especially in Haitian Creole, to assist in victim
identification and referral to care and labor inspections.
investigate and prosecute trafficking crimes and seek appropriate penalties
for convicted traffickers, including complicit officials, which should
involve significant prison terms.
potential child trafficking victims, including those involved in gangs and
drug trafficking, are screened, identified, and referred to care and are not
inappropriately penalized solely for unlawful acts committed as a direct
result of being trafficked.
consistent access to care and ensure capacity to address the specific and
unique needs of both male and female victims.
adequate human and financial resources and training to law enforcement,
prosecutors, and judges to combat trafficking, particularly in areas outside
of Santo Domingo, and ensure the National Police can routinely connect with
counterparts in other source or destination countries