Human trafficking, which includes the trafficking of children for sex, remains the third largest international crime in the nation. Women and children are forced to engage in prostitution on a daily basis simply because adult prostitution is legal in the Dominican Republic. Sex tourism has made the Dominican Republic the most popular tourist destination of the Caribbean.
Finally, 50% of Dominican children live in poverty which leads to insufficient education. A mere 40% of children in the Dominican Republic are educated and only 60% of children complete primary education. A staggering 40% of girls are compelled to marry or to cohabit prior to their 18th birthday.