Mexico’s New Tolerance Zone - Part 1 - 10.26.2007



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[Editor’s note: It’s come to our attention that the translation of Zona de Tolerancia, as “Red Light District” is just wrong. Although “Tolerance Zone” is perhaps unclear to some viewers, we’re now using this for lack of a better term. If you’d like to make a suggestion of a better term, please be in touch.]

On October 5, the Forum of Analysis and Discussion about the Tolerance Zone took place in the city of Apizaco, Tlaxcala. There sex workers, as well as members of human rights and labor organizations, in the fight against Sida, reaffirmed their stance against the government proposal to create a Tolerance Zone in which prostitution would be legal. The said proposal, besides lacking public support, does not offer any opportunity to sex workers, but rather forces them to work for businessmen under the conditions that they stipulate. Apizaco, as a migrant city, has a population that is vulnerable to job shortage. It is here where many women are sexually exploited before being taken to the United States where pimps make a lot of money with them.

This video is the first of two parts where we will see from the stories told to AiM by organized sex workers and organizations that support them, the harsh reality in which the sex workers in Mexico survive.

**Espaol**

El pasado 5 de octubre se llevo a cabo el Foro de Anlisis y Discusin sobre la Zona de Tolerancia en la ciudad de Apizaco, Tlaxcala ah, las trabajadoras y trabajadores sexuales as como integrantes de organizaciones de derechos humanos, laborales y en la lucha contra el Sida, reafirmaron su postura en contra de la propuesta del gobierno de crear una Zona de Tolerancia en la cual la prostitucion seria legal, dicha propuesta adems de carente de apoyo ciudadano, no ofrece ninguna oportunidad a las trabajadoras sexuales, sino que las obliga a trabajar para empresarios bajo las condiciones que ellos estipulen, Apizaco como ciudad migratoria cuenta con una poblacin vulnerable por la falta de empleos, es aqu donde muchas mujeres son explotadas sexualmente para luego ser llevadas a Estados Unidos donde padrotes ganan mucho dinero con ellas.

Este video es el primero de dos partes donde veremos, a partir de las historias que las trabajadoras sexuales organizadas y organizaciones que las apoyan contaron a AiM, la dura realidad en la que sobreviven las y los trabajadoras y trabajadores sexuales en Mxico.


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