Bavaro & Punta Cana March 27, 2023 | 2:52 pm

The presence of children asking for money at traffic lights in Verón-Punta Cana increases

The Verón-Punta Cana District is seeing an increasing number of children asking for money by touching the windows of vehicles at traffic lights. This is most common at the intersections of Los Manantiales, Cabeza de Toro, Coco Loco, and Friusa. It is concerning for the residents of Punta Cana to know that more and more children are being seen begging at traffic lights in the Verón-Punta Cana District, and it is even more concerning that this has been a recurring problem. It is important to ensure that children are protected and provided with the necessary resources to live healthy and safe life.

A year ago, representatives from various organizations including the Public Ministry, the National Council for Children and Adolescents (Conani), the Tourist Police (Politur), the National Police, and the Verón-Punta Cana Municipal Board formed a workgroup to create plans for removing children who beg for money, as well as young people who clean car windows at traffic lights in the area. However, no action has been taken so far.

Instead, more attention is given to tourists who arrive on buses and beg for money.

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Paul Tierney
March 27, 2023 3:33 pm

These hawkers at the intersections and speed bumps are a nuisance. The police take action against them when it is convenient for police or when there is some sort of big summit in the area resorts that bring in heads of state, tourism czars, businessmen, or politicos.

The hawkers may be the poor working on their own or unwilling recruits of gangs. They could be humble or violent towards people in vehicles. The vehicles at the intersections and speed bumps should not be besieged by these plagues.

Last edited 1 year ago by Paul Tierney
bernie sierra
March 28, 2023 5:08 pm
Reply to  Paul Tierney

most of those children, or may I say about 90% Haitians whom are brought into the country to do that and when the police try to arrest them yes the Human Rights Commission accuses our country to be racist. This is a big problem for the country. In Santo Domingo you can see the Haitian women with about 4 to 6 kids begging for money on the interceptions of the greatest Santo Domingo.

Ramon Garcia
March 28, 2023 12:08 am

Haitian children used and abused by adult Haitians.

Paul Tierney
March 28, 2023 7:36 am
Reply to  Ramon Garcia

In the Punta Cana tourist zone it is an equal mix of Dominicans and Haitians at or near the intersections. There are some children at times. Mostly, it is teenagers and young adults doing the selling of stuff or washing corta brisas.

Ricardo Young
May 9, 2023 3:40 pm
Reply to  Paul Tierney

Agreed it is Haitian and Dominican kids doing the begging. So are DOMINICAN ADULTS abusing the Dominican kids?? This is strictly an issue of abject POVERTY for both populations

March 28, 2023 11:36 pm

hotels are full , money is flowing …who cares about this …ellos se levanta toda la mañana para buscar moro …