According to a source close to Peter Jensen, expat owner of La Passions in Sosúa has been sentenced to three months in pretrial detention. News reports in the Dominican Republic said prosecutors had sought one year of confinement pending trial. His attorney is appealing the decision and supporters plan to gather at Charlys Bar (Club Residencial in front of CMP) in Sosúa at 8:30am on Thursday. The group will travel to the court in Puerto Plata to express support for Peter and his wife.
Peter Jensen enjoys broad support from the local people and expat community in Sosúa. Many are outraged by the criminal charges of human trafficking and forced prostitution. Those who are familiar with Peter, his family and his bar says that girls have always been free to come and go as they please.
Charges leveled against Peter Jensen are nothing but pandering to political interests and the pressure of the United States Department of State, which despite financial troubles in the U.S. is willing to provide vast sums of international aid. Government officials in the Dominican Republic are all to willing to collect this money while bringing false charges against highly visible foreigners. The situation is a clear example of the lack of judicial independence in the Dominican Republic, and demonstrates the Fiscal and Poder Judicial are little more than puppets of the United States government.