Friday, December 02, 2022

Sex workers protest extortion in Peru

LIMA ( Associated Press) — Two dozen sex workers and activists for the rights of the LGBT community protested in front of the main prosecutor’s office on Thursday against violence perpetrated on them by extortionists who asked them to pay for work. Huh. roads.

“They’re killing us and the Mandarin state is doing nothing,” Angela Villan, president of the Peruvian Sex Workers Association, told the Associated Press. “I am condemning that the mafia is settling down and collecting quota, considering the patience and patience of the police and officials,” he assured.

No prosecutor’s side came forward to see the protesters. Protests by sex workers are not frequent in Peru. On indications they said that if they had basic rights, education, health, identity and work, they would not have to expose their lives to prostitution.

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The protest comes a day before a transsexual woman was shot in a street in Lima. Activists identified the victim as Sharon Silva, 39, who was shot in the leg and hip. Silva has been admitted to a public hospital in Lima.

“We have asked the Interior Ministry to set up a special commission to neutralize these mafia, but nothing happens,” said Willan, 57, a sex worker, mother of four and one in 2016. Ran for Parliament for politics. The party left but was not elected.

Interior Minister Dimitri Senmache, the fifth in President Pedro Castillo’s 11-month government, was to be condemned in parliament, a fact that would force him to resign in accordance with the law. If that happens, Castillo will have to name a sixth minister.

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The recent attack on a sex worker is not the only one.

Villan said that many cases go unreported due to the low interest of the authorities in these cases.

In mid-February, two Ecuadorian women were shot dead on a street in Lima, and in March a Colombian woman was also killed on another street in the capital. Police said the victims were sex workers.

Activists say all the cases happened because victims refused to pay money to criminal groups. “We need a state that protects us and deaths are not spared,” Villan said.

A 2002 study by the Ministry of Health estimated there were 250,000 sex workers nationwide, but activists believe the official figure is conservative. “We are much more, but we are invisible to the country,” Willen said.

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