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"Hooker Roundup" - Immigration Snags Sundry Snatch in Santa Ana

Nightlife, Bars, and Partying The National Police fired pepper spray in a bar in Santa Ana, after customers refused to show their personal identification to officials from the Directorate of Immigration. Several people left the bar located on 17th Street in Santa Ana, visibly affected by the pepper spray. Last night a team of Immigration officials conducted an operation to detect undocumented people in different bars and "entertainment centers" in Santa Ana and Calidonia. (TVN Noticias)

Editor's Comment: In Panama, most of the hookers come from other countries to sell their bodies in the adult sex trade. By far the majority of the women come from Colombia, with additional representation from places like the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, etc. Most of these women come here as "free lancers" - meaning they are not working as legal employees of one of the nightclubs, strip joints, or massage parlors. They just come to Panama on a tourist visa, buy a cell phone, hang out their "shingle" in a classified ad, and start making money. At night these women patrol the bars, looking for men who will pay them for sex. And, they play a constant game of cat and mouse with Panamanian immigration authorities, who try to make sure they are not breaking the law. It's one of the never ending stories in Panama that's always valid.

The Thursday Night Standard Immigration Hooker Raid: Lately it seems like Thursday night is when Immigration officials have been venturing out to make these raids. Last week on Thursday night they rounded up about 68 women and took them all to the immigration holding cell on Ave. Cuba. They sorted through their documentation and if they are here in Panama legally they are set free. I mean, these women are just tourists, right? And there's nothing illegal about a tourist going out for a cold drink in a bar, right? Both the woman and immigration know they are frequenting known whore houses and places where sex is sold, but unless they are caught in the act it's hard to make it stick. For the most part immigration uses these raids to round everyone up, sort through the stack, in order to identify those women who are here illegally, who don't have any kind of visa, those who overstayed their tourist visa, or are here illegally in some manner. These women are generally deported to their home countries.

Element of Surprise Lost: Last night the immigration raid started at about 10:00 pm. They were concentrating on some of the "seedier" establishments in Santa Ana and Calidonia, such as the "Fox's Cave." After they hit the first two places the word had gotten out on the "hooker's cell phone integrated alert network," and all of the girls who were working in other places that had not been hit yet scrambled like bugs in a hot fire. The last three places the immigration officials hit were "dry holes" (so to speak). Last week they got about 68 women, last night about 25. The first raid was more effective because it was a surprise. If they start going out every Thursday night like clockwork pretty soon the girls will have them figured out and they won't be able to arrest anyone at all. When that happens, they can then declare they have eradicated prostitution in the Republic of Panama, and a good time was had by all.

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\"Hooker Roundup\" - Immigration Snags Sundry Snatch in Santa Ana
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, May 29 2010 @ 08:36 am EDT

Yup. In two or three weeks, some politician with his chest stuck out, will announce that hookerville no longer exists in Panama City. It appears that the girls are smarter than the cops!

\"Hooker Roundup\" - Immigration Snags Sundry Snatch in Santa Ana
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, May 29 2010 @ 08:15 pm EDT

Prostitution is legal in Panama. What is illegal is off-the-books prostitution. The government just wants to get its share of the profits. No panamanian polititian would want to get rid of such a gold mine.