The 80 women who were prostituted in Santo Domingo and Bavaro and that they were rescued under the operation Cattleya had to pay between 3,000 and 4,000 dollars to the network that brought them to the Dominican Republic to sell their sexual services.
As revealed by the Public ministrythe ladies between 18 and 23 years old, were brought from Venezuela and Colombia by a criminal organization and were held at the Hotel Caribe, in the National District, and at the Residencial Coco Real, in Bávaro, Punta Cana, La Altagracia province.
“…they forced them to consume controlled substances, subjected them to humiliating and inhumane treatment and did not allow them any freedom typical of any human being, which led several of them to escape,” points out a press release from the Attorney General’s Office.
The network was made up of 10 people of Venezuelan nationality, Colombian and Dominican, said the Public Ministry. Against those involved, the Specialized Prosecutor’s Office against Illicit Smuggling of Migrants and human trafficking (PETT) will file charges in the next few hours.
The statement states that the operation cattleya has the support of the Special Division for the Investigation of Transnational Crimes (Deidet) and the Department of human trafficking of the National Police. Also, with the international cooperation of the United States Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). In addition, the NGOs Operation Underground Railroad (OUR), Destiny Rescue and the Anti Trafficking Bureau (ATB).
Johanna Bejaran Alvarezhead of the PETT, explained that the actions against the human trafficking They respond to the actions promoted by the Attorney General Miriam Germán Brito against transnational crime.
Bejarán Álvarez indicated that 25 prosecutors, more than 200 agents of the National Police and more than 50 investigation technicians and specialists in victim assistance participate in the operation. During the operations, the teams seized controlled substances, such as marijuana and synthetic drugs.