Sex Trade Intervention
in Bucaramanga, Colombia
Colombia is home to an expansive and unregulated sex trade fueled by extreme poverty and displacement resulting from the decades-long civil conflict between armed insurgent groups, the state and paramilitaries.
In the city of Bucaramanga (pop: 530,900), capital of the department of Santander, there are approximately 1200 “street” sex workers alone, a heavily exploited and marginalized community who typically earn below minimum wage, live with the constant threat of violence and receive little protection from the existing legal system or government social services. Even more vulnerable are the children of these sex workers, who typically live in extreme poverty, are exposed to a number of dangers including violence, sexual exploitation, malnutrition, narcotics, are often unable to attend school and rarely know the environment of love, safety and comfort that every child deserves.