How young Haitians work in Santo Domingo (Human Trafficking) – Beggars & Squeegee, Inc.

Contracting under-aged, teenage and adult beggars and window cleaners to “work” (in Santo Domingo) is apparently good business. Workers besiege road traffic in search of “customers” while the authorities look the other way.

{CLICK FOR BIGGER} Today’s Diario Libre (Monday 3 September) publishes photos by Ruben Roberto showing how three girls were “distributed” to clean car windows on San Vicente de Paul Avenue (almost at the corner with Mella Avenue) in Santo Domingo.

The photos show how one of the girls moves with a sponge and a bottle of water in hand towards the vehicles when the light is on red. Minutes later, the photographer took a photo of a pickup truck parked in the middle of the avenue (across the street from MegaCentro), and a man, dressed in a white coat, brought them food at about 2:00 pm yesterday, Sunday 2 September.

The photojournalist observed around 15 beggars and window cleaners in the area. The activity appears to have a routine.

After receiving their meals, some eat sitting or standing next to the streets and avenues where they work. What is notable is the number of beggars seen every day on the city’s streets and avenues.

On 19 October 2010, Diario Libre published an article called: “Traffickers of beggars have absolute control.” The article reported how underage Haitian children were used to beg in the streets.

On that occasion, the then director of Migration, Sigfrido Pared Perez, now the Minister of the Armed Forces, reported that the problem would be handled by the National Children and Youth Council (Conani) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef). He said that the minors had not been repatriated because they do not have an institution in Haiti, like Conani, that could take charge of them. (DATA COURTESYDiario Libre en Ingles y Español/DR1)

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