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Human trafficking ringleaders in DR linked to T&T trade
HIGUEY—The La Altagracia Province office of the prosecutor yesterday announced the arrest of three alleged ringleaders of a human trafficking ring which recruited Dominican Republic women to work with bogus employment contracts in Trinidad and Tobago, where they were then forced into prostitution.
Martin Ogando (Kinito), Daisy Mota (Daisy Mara) and Osiris Hernandez were detained for alleged trafficking, and for allegedly charging RD$30,000 each on the promise of work, with the prospects allegedly being offered the chance of earning US$1,500 a month as waitresses in T&T.
Jonathan Baró, lead prosecutor of the Anti-Smuggling and Trafficking Department, said the months-long investigation jointly with La Altagracia province prosecutor Lucas Perez determined that eventually, the women “were transported from the airport by an as yet unknown person, which took them to a brothel, stripping them of all their identity papers and forcing them into prostitution.”
Hernandez, deported by Trinidadian authorities and arrested by Dominican authorities on Saturday, allegedly taxied the women from apartments to the brothel in Trinidad where they were exploited. (Dominican Today)
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