WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Last week authorities in the Dominican Republic dismantled a network that recruited Dominican women for prostitution in the region and beyond.
The women were lured on the pretext that they were going to work as dancers, according to a report from elnuevodiario.com.do. Once in the destination country, the women were forced into prostitution.
Two women and two men have been arrested on suspicion of human trafficking. Police suspect 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. The Mateo Rodríguez siblings organized trips to Lebanon, Guyana, St Maarten, Turks and Caicos Islands, Curacao, Aruba and Panama.
The recruited women were promised better economic prospects working as dancers in nightclubs, with a contract for three to six months. For this, they had to pay about $500 dollars for the documents initially required. Once at the destination, it turned out that they were between $1,500 and $2,000 in debt for visa and travel expenses.
The investigation into the operations of this trafficking organization took about seven months. There are indictments against the defendants being prepared.
Police spokesman Jacobo Mateo Moquete explained that the modus operandi of the organization was, among others, to recruit women through acquaintances and references from women who had worked abroad before.
Republished with permission of the Curacao Chronicle