samedi 15 octobre 2011

Bolivia: Prostitutes of La Paz to sew the mouth.


In October 2007, a dozen of Bolivian prostitutes were sewn mouth to El Alto, a suburb of the capital La Paz to protest against the moral crusade of the government of President Evo Morales.
        
Thirty of them began a hunger strike to demand the government to reopen the bars and brothels. A thousand bars and brothels was closed in El Alto because of violence.
        
Lily Cortez, a representative of prostitutes, threatened to "parade naked through the streets of La Paz" and not to pass medical checks imposed by the health services. She explained that if they were not heard, they buried themselves alive.
        
"We burned our business, leaving us in the street, stole our money and we were hit," Lily accused on television, saying it was an "assassination attempt" and that "Now they wanted to deprive them of their livelihoods."
        
According to local press, a native prostitute was beaten by the crowd who undressed in the street and stole 300 bolivianos (about 40 dollars), the recipe for a night's work.
        
The advocates of this moral crusade want the mayor Fanor Nava, closes hundreds of pleasure centers unauthorized and prohibited to minors effectively. They also require that these places are functioning at a respectable distance from churches, schools and hospitals.
        
El Alto is one of the largest urban areas of Bolivia with nearly one million mostly Aymara and Quechua Indians.
Prostitution is legal in Bolivia, but pimping is prohibited.
        
Bolivia, with a population of 9,947,418 inhabitants (2010) in an area of ​​1,098,581 Km2 has long been the poorest country in Latin America.
        
La Paz is the city the seat of government, often considered de facto as the administrative capital of Bolivia. Sucre is the official capital in the Constitution and the most important town is Sanata Cruz de la Sierra.

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