Local October 12, 2023 | 2:40 pm

Relatives fear that a Dominican woman arrested without documents has been sent to Haiti

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Santo Domingo.- Relatives of Cristina Martínez Lorenzo, who has been missing for 22 days, are growing increasingly desperate as they have received no information about her whereabouts. Cristina, who suffers from a mental disorder, went missing after being mistakenly arrested by Dominican authorities who confused her with a Haitian due to her lack of personal documents.

Cristina left her residence on September 20 to seek medical attention at a hospital in Cambita Garabito, San Cristóbal province, due to severe stomach pain. When asked for her documents, she was unable to provide them and went into crisis, displaying violent behavior due to her health condition. Law enforcement officers were called to intervene, and she was subsequently arrested and taken to the La 17 detachment in San Cristóbal. From there, she was moved to an undisclosed location, leaving her family without any information about her whereabouts.

Cristina Martínez Lorenzo’s name appears on a list submitted by the National Police to the Immigration Directorate, dated October 22, which is two days after her arrest. The list includes the names of three other individuals. Her family is concerned that she may have been sent to Haiti by Dominican authorities and that her special condition puts her at risk.

Isaura Lorenzo, Cristina’s sister, expressed the family’s distress, stating that they are living in constant agony, unable to eat or sleep. She mentioned that one of their aunts visits the La 17 detachment multiple times in search of answers.

Cristina Martínez Lorenzo, 35 years old, is the mother of two children, both born as a result of rape. She has previously run away from home and has been sexually abused by unknown individuals on several occasions. Her family does not even know the identity of the parents of her children due to the circumstances of their conception. Despite reporting these incidents to authorities in the past, no investigations were conducted.

Isaura Lorenzo also revealed that, apart from the abuse, Cristina was forced to consume illegal substances by unscrupulous individuals who intended to manipulate her into performing involuntary actions. The family remains deeply concerned for Cristina’s safety and well-being and is urgently seeking information about her whereabouts.

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Jo josh
October 12, 2023 8:10 pm

The DR .. the only country in the world where they deport their own citizen because of their skin color

October 13, 2023 6:12 am
Reply to  Jo josh

No I’d no paperwork. I really think Haitians do think Dominican Republic is their country.

October 13, 2023 7:41 am
Reply to  James

Many Dominicans walk around without “paperwork” or a cedula…

October 13, 2023 9:14 am
Reply to  Alfredo

And don’t you think that should change. If I get caught in another country. Without paperwork. I end up in jail or deported. I really think Haitians believe Dr is theirs

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Dave Lopes
October 13, 2023 9:23 pm
Reply to  James

Simple solution. Close and seal your border. No visas to any Haitian for any reason. Close your consulate and embassies in Haiti and expel all Haitian diplomats. Fine/jail any employer using Haitian or ethnic Haitian workers. You can’t keep talking from both sides of your mouth.

October 13, 2023 7:32 pm
Reply to  Jo josh

So true

Platano Frito
October 13, 2023 10:46 am

Police state, they only arrest for profit/bribes. Every law is like a mild suggestion. Depends how rich ,poor or black you look.

October 13, 2023 7:31 pm

Disgusting. I’m glad that the spotlight is being shone on this country. Every country has dirty laundry, so the DR should not expect to be exempt. If this did indeed happen and the woman’s skin color was a factor at play here, then shame on the authorities. I feel for her and her poor family. I hope she is returned home soon and can get the appropriate remedies to her ills. Poor troubled soul