PUERTO PLATA– The Northern Hotel Association signed a pact that unites Puerto Plata’s hotel sector with ECPAT International, UNICEF and the World Tourism Association to combat child prostitution. Commitments involved in the pact include employee training in detection and prevention as well as the diffusion of public awareness campaigns and deterrent warnings in the region. These programs will be managed through MAIS, a local non-profit dedicated to the fight against child abuse.
This dark side of the tourism industry has united many Dominican Republic institutions in a common front against child sex tourism, including the Ministries of Labor, Tourism, Education, Health, the National Hotel Association and others. Severe laws were put in place in 2001 that give teeth to these organizations’ efforts to deter child abuse.
Foreign governments such as Canada and USA also lend force by pursuing nationals who have been arrested here. Last year, an American citizen charged for child prostitution in Puerto Plata was extradited to the United States where he received a 24-year sentence.
MAIS coordinator Luis Méndez signs pact together with representatives of the Northern Hotel Association
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