Published On: Thu, Jul 10th, 2014

Women recruited for prostitution in Curacao

prostitutionWILLEMSTAD - Last week authorities in the Dominican Republic rolled a network that dealt with the recruitment of Dominican women for prostitution in the region, including Curacao and Aruba.

The women were lured on the pretext that they were going to work as a dancer. This is according to a report from elnuevodiario.com.do. Once in the destination country, these women were put to work in prostitution. Two women and two men have been arrested on suspicion of human trafficking. The police suspect the brother and sister Orlando Mateo Rodriguez and Margarita Mateo Rodríguez to be at the head of the network.

They were helped by Leibelle Katherine Batista Ozuna and Manuela de Jesús. Brother and sister Mateo Rodríguez organized the trips to Lebanon, Guyana, St. Maarten, Turks & Caicos, Curacao, Aruba and Panama.

The recruited women were promised a better economic outlook to work as a dancer in a nightclub, with a contract for three to six months. For this, they had to pay about 500 dollars for the first time required documents. Once at the destination, it turns out that they were between 1500 and 2000 dollars in debt for visa and travel expenses.

The investigation into the doings of this trafficking organization took about seven months. There are indictments against the defendants being prepared. Police spokesman Jacobo Mateo Moquete explains that the modus operandi of the organization was among others, to recruit women through acquaintances and references of women who had worked abroad before.

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