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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Drama in Centro Historico (CH) Quito: Quito Municipality against CH sex workers. Who'll win? December 2015.

Prostitution in Ecuador is legal. Since I started to visit Quito in 2006 I could see groups of women waiting for clients at calle Montufar, Plaza St Domingo and other areas of CH Quito.

     Photos by "El Comercio"     http://www.elcomercio.com/ 

It looks like that in 2015 Municipio of Quito declared a "war" against the local sex workers.
Here is the story of "Quito Municipality against Centro Historico sex workers" in El Comercio articles and photos.










Photos by "El Comercio"     http://www.elcomercio.com/                             

October 2015
The Municipality of Quito participated in the raids carried out on Friday, October 16, 2015, accompanied by police and the Prosecutor's Office staff. Six hotels and hostels located in the historical centre, where sex workers in the area exercised this activity, were closed
http://www.elcomercio.com/actualidad/municipio-quito-operativo-hostales-trabajadorassexuales.html


Photos by "El Comercio"     http://www.elcomercio.com/  

October 2015
Group of about 50 women who live on sex work, shouted in front of Municipality of Quito, located in the Venezuela and Chile - We want to work! We want to be heard!

October 2015
Sex workers continue protests in Quito. Municipality closed hostals where sex workers used to bring their clients. Sex workers held marches to demand their right to work.

October 2015
Sex workers want to see Mayor of Quito. They say "We need you to give us workplaces. Sex work is work. We are citizens with rights".

October 2015
Sex workers are open to have dialogue with the municipal authorities, provided their proposals are heard.

October 2015
Municipality declares that they want to help sex workers by relocating them

November 2015
Municipality proposes to give financial support to sex workers who have school age children  

November 2015
Neighbors of La Loma Grande protest against relocations of sex workers to their area.
Photo by "El Comercio"     http://www.elcomercio.com/  

November 2015
According to the Mayor Mauricio Rodas:
"The Centro Historico is a development that we want to create and that goal can't be achieved while we have problems that make people to leave(CH), that investments do not come because investors don't feel comfortable with sex work, information, insecurity, destitution..."
http://www.elcomercio.com/actualidad/quito-administrador-propuesta-trabajosexual-lomagrande.html

You can read about this subject here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prostitution_in_Ecuador

and here http://spl.ids.ac.uk/sexworklaw/countries - Sexuality, Poverty and Law Programme website. This programme provides evidence-based knowledge.
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Ecuador
No law criminalizes selling sex or brokering sexual services provided by adults. The only legal document that mentions prostitution is the National Health Code of Ecuador which states that sex work inside of 'closed establishments' should be monitored by the Ministry of Health.
Those who solicit on the street and other informal sites can be charged with public order offences. 
All brothels must be licensed and individual sex workers must obtain a 'carnet,' which is an occupational license that appears to certify that the sex worker is disease free. To obtain the license, sex workers must be over 18 and test negative for syphilis, chlamydia, and HIV.  The license must be updated by a government clinic every 8-15 days. If the sex worker tests positive for disease the license is suspended or revoked. The carnet resembles a passport which includes a photograph of the sex worker.  Sex workers have demanded the photo be removed and for the diagnosis of diseases to be encrypted.
A large portion of sex workers do not comply with these regulations have become less strictly enforced in recent years.
It is not illegal to buy sex. In fact the Ecuadorian military officially arranges for sex workers to be available to personnel serving in remote places including the Galapagos Islands.
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