Published: March 2, Strippers hired to dance naked for prison inmates in El Salvador have caused a stir in the Central American country. It shows hundreds of inmates sitting on the floor, enjoying the nude spectacle as music plays and prisoners whistle at the women. The strip show was reportedly held during a religious celebration — the day of the Virgen de las Mercedes — and was also a reward for a truce between warring gangs at Izalco Jail. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles and blog posts. We are committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion, so we ask you to avoid personal attacks, and please keep your comments relevant and respectful. If you encounter a comment that is abusive, click the "X" in the upper right corner of the comment box to report spam or abuse. We are using Facebook commenting. Visit our FAQ page for more information. Postmedia Network.
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Get a fresh start. Jude Webber. Report a mispronounced word. Her friends — young lookouts for the Mara Salvatrucha, the Salvadoran street gang that held sway in her neighbourhood — took her to see their local leader, known as the palabrero. Her attacker, who was not a gang member, got off lightly: he was not killed, just expelled from the neighbourhood. The experience was less terrifying for Jocelyn than it might have been because, by then, she was anaesthetised by an addiction to alcohol and drugs. She started drinking at the age of 10, when her father gave her beer, and was raised by an uncle and aunt.
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In this Oct. She was naked from the waist down and police were trying to determine if she had been raped. Rather, to the bodies of dead women and girls pulled from clandestine graves. Raped, battered and sometimes cut to pieces, they attest to the sadistic abuse committed by members of street gangs. Those who gather statistics say there are no reliable numbers on sexual violence in El Salvador. Threats prevent many from reporting attacks. Others who have grown up amid abuse may not recognize rape as a crime. Still others flee the country rather than seek justice from a system that more often delivers impunity. In a land of lakes and volcanos, clandestine graves appear like wild mushrooms after a rainstorm.
Valentina, a chubby year-old wearing hot-pink spandex shorts, pink Converse, pigtails, and heavy eyeliner, sat on a cement bench in the back of a courtyard, hunched over a cell phone she had half-concealed between her knees. The sounds of traffic, birds trilling, and the music of street vendors carried over the wall rimmed with razor wire. Valentina's job for a local gang chapter had been to go door to door collecting renta , the bi-weekly "tax" imposed on businesses and sometimes individuals. Today was visitor's day, and the young inmates, having been charged with such crimes as robbery, extortion, prostitution, drug trafficking, and murder, were all dolled up, hoping someone on their list would show up. They'd donned their best outfits, brushed their hair, and applied make-up, using one another as mirrors, as if going to a dance or a day out on the town. They fell into giggles.