I'm wondering if there are any non-profits or grassroots programs on the North Coast that promote condom use and/or offer free STI testing for the many sex workers in these small towns. Also, what happens to the sex workers' children? Is there a good public school system in the DR for poor kids? Children of sex workers often fall by the wayside and end up perpetuating the cycle. Anyone know of anything positive people are doing in their communities to empower young women and encourage them to further their education rather than become sex workers? Don't get me wrong, I know programs that try to teach sex workers' the error of their ways are pretty ineffective, but programs that help educate and offer free healthcare services do seem to work better. I saw so many darling, smart, precocious young Dominican girls on my trip and I hate to think of them turning to sex work as they get older. Yes, I know that far from all Dominican women are prostitutes, and thank god for the good role models out there. But the number of sex workers, particularly very young ones, does seem to be a big problem. Here in the US there are programs that hand out free condoms, etc. Anything like that going on in Sosua or Cabarete?