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Venezuelas economic crisis is so bad that women are turning to sex work to live

Sky News VenezuelaTwo Venezuelan women talking to the Sky News reporter Alex Crawford about turning to sex work in Colombia. Sky News

  • Venezuela is suffering from currency inflation, power cuts, and food shortages.
  • As a result, several Venezuelan women are taking up sex work in neighboring Colombia, a Sky News investigation found.
  • The investigation, broadcast Friday, found that nearly all the workers in a brothel in a Colombian city near the border were Venezuelans.
  • Women who spoke to Sky News said they had no other way of feeding their families as Venezuela's currency is so weak and supplies are so short.

Several Venezuelan women are taking up sex work in neighboring Colombia because the economic crisis in their country has made it impossible to make a living, a new investigation by Sky News found.

Cúcuta, a Colombian city near the border with Venezuela, is seeing an influx of Venezuelan women who are working in brothels to get by, the Sky News report says.

These women — and many others — have been forced out of Venezuela as the country is in economic ruin, experiencing hyperinflation, severe power cuts, and food and medicine shortages.

Sky News found that out of 60 women in a Cúcuta brothel, two were Colombians, while the rest were Venezuelans. The reporter, Alex Crawford, said one woman charged as little as per client.

"Anything would be better," one woman said. "I do this because I have to do this."

Another woman told Crawford it was the only way she could get money to feed her family.

The women have left Venezuela temporarily and have no formal immigration documents, meaning they can't legally get employment, Sky News said.

People in Venezuela wait in line for food on Thursday. Reuters

Venezuela's economy has been in a tailspin for months, prompting drastic measures from the government.






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