Only 30 of 800 Independent Prostitutes in Panama City Attend New Health Program
Monday, May 21 2012 @ 03:27 PM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
INTERNATIONAL DAY - The June 2 marks the International Sex Workers Day, or "ladies of the night" as they are known, so more than 1,500 independent prostitutes in Panama are preparing to celebrate the date with a meeting in which address issues of prevention, sexual health and the importance of the International Network of Sex Workers in Latin America and the Caribbean (Retrasex). "Through the MDDP network we achieved that, as of three weeks ago, for the MINSA to provide sexual health care to working girls on the street," said the representative of this group. In Panama there are a total of 1,800 independent prostitutes according to the Ministry of Health.
"DEMAND RESPECT" - Torres said they are not seeking to legalize prostitution, but rather to have their work respected. "We demand respect, and that the authorities do not discriminate against us because of the work that we do. We are human beings and we ask for the same rights as the rest of the population," she said. (Siglo)
Editor's Comment: When they say "independent prostitutes" in this article, they mean girls who are working on their own, who are not in Panama on an "alternadora" (entertainer) visa, who are not attached to an established night club, strip club, massage parlor, or brothel. Literally any woman in the world can fly to Panama, rent a room, get a cell phone, put an ad in the classifieds to give "massages" or whatever, and get to work. Most of them will get picked up on the street, with the meeting coordinated via cell phone, and then take the client to a push-button. There are no controls whatsoever on these girls, and this new initiative by the Ministry of Health is designed to allow them to get basic health checkups, controls, and information for free. And since it's a new program the girls are obviously a little skiddish, because they've been abused and taken advantage of by corrupt Immigration officials for years.