This study-diagnosis on "Migration, Prostitution and Trafficking in Dominican Women in Argentina" is the result of research work whose main goal was to cast light on the relation between migration, prostitution and trafficking, taking as reference a group of Dominican women who emigrated to Argentina between 1996 and 2000. The study analyzes the factors influencing this process both at source and reception communities. It traces the route of these women, who became prostitutes in Argentina, and includes recommendations to prevent the repetition of the conditions of fraud and deception involved in their journey. The problem-matter discussed is generated by the combination of two structuring dimensions: female migration, on the one side, and the business of prostitution, on the other. In turn, these dimensions are approached from the gender perspective. This perspective is crucial both to accounting for female migration and to understanding procuring and the impact of sexual work on female subjectivity. From the juridical standpoint, it summarizes the status of international norms, in particular the legal framework in Argentina regarding human trafficking and smuggling. Furthermore, it describes the several approaches taken by state institutions and the civil society in Argentina, their perception of the phenomenon and their contributions to protect victimas and combat this crime. In order to elicit a modus operandi and analyze it in connection with origin and destination locations, sources include: thorough interviews to Dominican women living in Argentina; interviews to staff from NGOs concerned with the matter; sytematization and analysis of the data on Dominican residents collected by the Dominican Consulate in Buenos Aires; and analysis of data provided by the National Direction of Migration in Argentina.
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