Vice Squad
Tuesday, January 04, 2005
Streetwalking in Tijuana

The red-light district in Tijuana has long featured working women standing outside, on the sidewalks. The municipal authorities spruced up the area, and hoped to force the prostitutes, via the threat of fines, to move inside or to move elsewhere. (Prostitution itself is legal in Tijuana, as in much of Mexico.) They responded with a successful march upon city hall, that produced a compromise: for now, no fines for streetwalking, with the promise of sitting areas being provided in hotels for the trade to eventually move indoors. The LA Times has the story.

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