As a form of protest, a group of prostitutes in El Alto, Bolivia have sewn their lips together...uh, the ones on their faces, that is. It's a (very dramatic) part of the hunger strike they organized in order to convince the mayor to reopen the legalized brothels and bars in the town's red light district, after he had them shut down due to violent protests from other city residents opposed to such businesses. Lily Cortez, leader of the El Alto Association of Nighttime Workers told the press, "We are fighting for the right to work and for our families' survival. Tomorrow we will bury ourselves alive if we are not immediately heard. The mayor will have his conscience to answer to if there are any grave consequences." We're wondering if that pun was intended, or if the translator just had a lot of fun with this. [Yahoo via Guanabee]
Ok...if they do get their demands met, wouldn't having mutilated lips put a damper on their business?
I think they have too much faith in the consciences of others.
There other threats have included a naked march and not getting tested for STDs.
This story really is sad. I am of the breed who frowns on prostitution, b\c I can't tolerate the circumstances that lead to it (in most cases). To quote this article: "One woman, who chose not to be identified, said that if El Alto wants to get rid of prostitutes "then the government should give us a hand and take care of our children, and afterward provide us with jobs"."