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The Dominican Republic was downgraded to Tier 2 Watch List, of 4 levels in the US State Department’s “Trafficking in Persons Report, 20th Edition” published on 25 June 2020. The Dominican Republic section appears on page 188 of the 570 page report.

The US government says the DR has decreased prosecution efforts; the government increased investigations and prosecutions but decreased convictions. It says there are allegations of official complicity in trafficking hampered efforts.

The report states: “In 2018, the Attorney General replaced many of his top and more experienced prosecutors, including the prosecutor for the specialized anti-trafficking unit; experts noted that the continuing lack of human and financial resources for prosecution was an area of urgent concern.

“The Government of the Dominican Republic does not fully meet the minimum standards for the...

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