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Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking is the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of people through force, fraud or deception, with the aim of exploiting them for profit.

While many forms exist, the three most common types of human trafficking include sex trafficking, forced labor and debt bondage.

To date, there are estimated to be more than 27.6 million people (adults and children) subjected to human trafficking around the world, and 63% of those are women who are sold for exploitation.

With over 25% of the country in poverty, Friends of Hope International has made this cause a priority in Dominican Republic, as a vast majority of those we encounter in our outreach efforts there and in neighboring countries, are at a higher risk of being victimized.

We are actively seeking partners in our mission to educate those who are unaware of this viral human rights atrocity. A fervent approach to sounding the alarm on the exploitation of adults and children, as well as enhancing our efforts to address root causes, are goals that have been revised to acknowledge and address the global trend of increasing ineffectiveness.

Donations are being allocated to comprehensive health care, prevention education and psychological assistance, as well as the augmented awareness of male victims of human trafficking, for which services in many countries remain inadequate.

We thank you for being with us on this journey for good.

Source from CNN

11 year-old Willeny Lorenzo Herrera has been missing for two weeks as of the date of this post.

“As they explained, at the time of the disappearance, the infant was at her grandmother's house, where she was approached by a man who is said to be her neighbor, identified as Juan Alberto Sánchez (Bruli), who is under arrest.

The (National) Police does not want to make the effort for him to say where the girl was, because he was the one who took the girl (...) Supposedly no one knows where he took her, and he is there and they have not done anything, the authorities do nothing," said Dolores Martes, Willeny's grandmother.

The relatives denied that the minor has been found dead or that she is married, as transpired on social networks.

On its side, the National Police reported that progress is being made in the investigation of the case to find the whereabouts of the girl.

Willeny is in the fourth grade of elementary school and resides on Calle respaldo Salomé Ureña, La Piña neighborhood in Madre Vieja Norte, San Cristóbal.”

- Hoy Digital 26 July 2023

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