A sex worker was seriously injured in Bolivia after being attacked with a kitchen knife by a 19-year-old who requested her services, an event that is being investigated as an attempt to femicide and which has been condemned by the Ombudsman’s Office.
The event occurred on the eve in the city of The tall, in the neighborhood 12 de Octubre, which is considered the pink zone of that neighboring city of Peace, the departmental director of the Special Crime Fighting Force (FELCV), Walter Lenz.
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The man, “With a kitchen-type knife, he would have stabbed a sex worker after taking his services, causing three penetrating traumatic wounds to the face, neck and chest”Lenz said.
The 45-year-old woman was taken to a hospital and was left with 35 days of disability, while the young man recently lent his “Informative statement” on this day, as he was drunk when he was arrested, said the police chief.
The Public Ministry charged the subject with “Attempted femicide” and in the precautionary hearing he will request his preventive detention for four months, said the prosecutor María Isabel Condori.
The female colleagues of the attacked woman were the first to assist him when the attack occurred and prevented the subject from escaping, according to local media.
A dozen of them testified as witnesses to the event and demanded that the event not go unpunished.
“We ask for justice for a Bolivian woman, for a mother, for a daughter, for a sister”Tearfully told the private channel Unitel a sex worker from The tall.
The Bolivian Ombudsman’s Office expressed in a statement its rejection of the attack “with extreme violence” against the sex worker and warned that the victim was left with “Damage to the heart and lung.”
The institution demanded that the Bolivian Police and the Prosecutor’s Office “Act with due diligence in investigative acts to sanction, in accordance with regulations, an act that demonstrates the misogyny that is still present” in society.
He also regretted that in recent months they have registered “Different cases of assaults on sex workers” that they leave patent “The vulnerability they are in”, in particular those who work in The tall.
“Faced with this situation, the competent institutions, at the national and municipal levels, are urged to reinforce preventive measures against acts of violence against women and that involve the integrity of sex workers”, indicates the note.
The Ombudsman’s Office also warned that the country “Is close to surpassing” the 113 femicides reported in 2020, with at least 101 cases up to November, for which he urged “beef up” prevention and protection measures for women.
So far this year there are already 102 victims of sexist violence after a recent event in the southern region of Chuquisaca.
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