Prostitution in the Dominican Republic is legal, but a third party may not derive financial gain from prostitution (brothels or similar establishments are illegal). However, the government usually does not enforce prostitution laws.
Child prostitution is a problem, particularly in some urban areas and popular tourist destinations, but there has been a decrease in child prostitution since 2001, with the increase in policing and the decrease in corruption. According to newspaper reports there are about 30,000 children and adolescents involved in the sex industry. The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement has started prosecuting individuals who are engaging in child prostitution.