SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – U.S. authorities took part in a sex trafficking raid in the Dominican Republic but authorities now say no Americans were detained as police initially reported.
A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official says the agency worked with Dominican authorities in the operation March 11 near the town of Sosua. Senior Latin America Advisor Barbara Gonzalez says 29 women and girls who were brought to a home to take part in a "sex party" were rescued. Twenty of them were between 14 and 17.
Authorities arrested two women and five men suspected of arranging the party. Gonzalez said Wednesday that all are in custody and face up to 15 years in prison.
Sosua police had said in announcing the raid that 16 U.S. citizens were detained for questioning.