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Santo Domingo.- At least 21,000 people in the Dominican Republic exchanged child pornography in the last 12 months, according the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

The data were obtained through a quick test of the new system to be implemented in the country with financial and technical support from the British Embassy in the Dominican Republic and UNICEF, and executed by the Specialized Office of the Prosecutor for High Technology Crimes (PEDATEC).

PEDATECH representative Sayo Aoki said national statistics show that children and adolescents ages 12 to 19 are the majority of Internet users in Dominican Republic and that access to and use of these without proper supervision poses a great risks for their age group.

During the "Techniques to combat child pornography online," Nicholas Fowler, United Kingdom National Criminal Investigation Directorate liaison officer in Santo Domingo, revealed that these 21,000 people consciously enter the world of child pornography.

The specialist said most people involved with online child pornography end up looking for sex with children. He said one shouldn’t believe that those involved are only foreigners visiting the country to upload, download or exchange pictures of the raping of children.

"That's why it’s so important to address the problem now, not only to bring to justice in the Dominican Republic to people who are sharing images of children abused in other countries and other nationalities, but to protect the country's children," Fowler said.

In that regard, UK ambassador Chris Campbell called the new system an important and powerful tool to find people who are committing that type of crime.

PEDATEC director John Henry Reynoso stressed the new system’s importance in helping to find all those people online and thanked the British Embassy and UNICEF for their support.

Through the specialized course, international experts will bolster the knowledge of 24 officials from law enforcement, investigation and crime prosecution in the Dominican Republic, on how to implement and manage the Children Protection System.

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4 comment(s)
Written by: danny00, 4 Aug 2016 8:02 PM
From: United States, Williamsburg Brooklyn
they would have to LOCK-UP 85% local Dominicans including 1,000 of government employees and 98% from the police force.
Written by: laman00, 4 Aug 2016 8:23 PM
From: United States, San Fernando valley, CA
There is no need to go all this high tech to find them , just visit DR and and see how it's very normal for older men WITH $$$$ to flirt and then sleep around with very young girls, are you kidding this the land of LUST who you're going stop the whole older male population???? I was told that it is cultural and it's even worst in CAMPOS....
Written by: Radar, 5 Aug 2016 10:30 AM
From: United States, Aspen Hill, Maryland.

It is very sad and tragic that poverty, oftentimes, forces a mother/father to "loan" their sons and daughters. This is done via indentured service to the "adopting" family with dire suffering for the child, forced to work endless hours and be sexually exploited....with no one there to help or console this unfortunate child. I've seen this happen. One other form of atrocious child abuse is when the parent prostitutes their own children directly.. They will come up to someone of apparent wealth, (usually an older man), and give their child up for the night for money. I've seen this happen, as well...
Any old pervert with money can have his way with very young girls and not risk incarceration, as its done in complicity with the parents.. Very tragic.!! This is the DR at its most ugly and sinful.!.. Where is the phucking church.?!
Written by: danny00, 5 Aug 2016 12:51 PM
From: United States, Williamsburg Brooklyn
nice to see RADAR, and LAMAN00, step up. for poor Dominican children.
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