Bolivia: Sex workers in La Paz demand permission to go back to work

Hundreds of sex workers marched through the streets of La Paz on Tuesday demanding that Bolivian authorities allow them to return to work, six months after the restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus were imposed. Demonstrators dressed in black and red marched with their faces covered holding banners and balloons to the headquarters of the Departmental Health System (SEDES) in La Paz. «Many of the colleagues have two, three, four, five, eight, even eight children. We want to work. They don't let us work. Let them make [the confinement] a little more flexible, at least,» said Marisol, a sex worker. «I'm from the city of La Paz, a sex worker from La Paz, and yesterday they notified me that they're going to cut off my electricity. Where am I going to work? We want to work,» said another demonstrator. Since March, Bolivia has imposed measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. They have been relaxed, but the sex work is still not allowed to resume. According to data collected by Johns Hopkins University, Bolivia had reported 121,604 cases of coronavirus and 7,054 deaths related to the disease.

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