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Posted in In the News, Operations
April 22nd, 2019

German national receives longest prison sentence for human trafficking in the Dominican Republic

In October 2017, German national Heinrich Christlieb was arrested during Operation Red Sash in the Dominican Republic. He was found with cameras, child pornography, drugs, and other inappropriate paraphernalia that he used to abuse his victims. On April 3rd, 2019, Christlieb was found guilty and sentenced to prison in the DR for 20 years.

This is a significant step forward because there were many roadblocks that prevented Christlieb’s sentencing from happening in a timely manner after the operation in 2017. Finally, after a year and a half, this perpetrator was given the longest prison sentence for human trafficking to date in the DR.

2 girls rescued

Two young girls were rescued during the original operation by O.U.R. and were returned to their families, finally free from Christilieb’s grasp. O.U.R. Aftercare was also part of coordinating quality care.

The investigation that led to Christlieb’s arrest was initiated by the Public Ministry, O.U.R., and International Justice Mission (IJM). We are grateful to see this case lead to justice, and we will continue to work to find perpetrators like Christlieb so we can prevent them from ever abusing more children.

It is our hope that sentences like this will be handed down in other such cases around the world to send a strong anti-trafficking message to those who would violate children.

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