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Date: Tue, 13 May 1997 02:34:33 -0700

Finally I came accross something which will hopefully will shed some
light on the question of the regulation of prostitution in Mexico.  It's
an index of the history of the legal aspects of prostitution in Mexico
compiled by CONASIDA (COnsejo NAcional del SIDA).  I know this is NOT
the penal code, but still sheds light on the question of thr requirement
of STD check ups:

first of all, at the present time only these states (out of 32) regulate
prostitution:

     Aguascalientes,  Baja  California   Sur, Baja California Norte,
Coahuila, Colima, Chiapas, Durango, Guerrero, Hidalgo, Michoac=E1n,
Nuevo León, Querétaro, Sinaloa, Zacatecas, Distrito Federal, Estado de
México, Puebla and Guanajuato.

SECOND:
Prostitution (the trade) may NOT take place in public places--such as
inside buses, subways, or in public property.  It may be conducted in
private places where such activities are allowed by their owners. (This
means that the OWNERS of the places are the ones who will get the shit
if the authorities decide to poke their noses in, thus they better ask
their girls for tests--even if they don't pay them.  As long as they are
in their property the girl must follow the rule).

THIRD:
GET THIS!  Under the current regulation system (called the 'abolitionist
system') the authorities don't even recognize the existence of
prostitution.  There are no official red light districts (that is;
recognized by the government), and the activity is considered a private
matter between women and men.  The authorities only recognize the
"curruption of minors" and sexual abuse and explotation of minors, but
not prostitution itself.  NO FUCKING WONDER I COULD NOT FIND ANY TRACE
OF ANYTHING EVEN RESEMBLING PROSTITUTION IN THE FUCKING MEXICAN
LEGISLATIVE CODE WEBSITE!!  THEY DON'T EVEN RECOGNIZE ITS EXISTENCE!!!

You may be asking: "what do you mean they don't recognize its existence?
does that mean it's illegal?"
AND THE ANSWER IS:
Nope, it's not illegal.  What this means is that officially the
government washes its hands and leaves the issue of prostitution as a
thing between men and women--that is: the goverment neither approves it
nor dissaproves it: it plays dumb and leaves the matter in the hands of
the sex workers and their clients, BUT it does require "sexual
workers"--which include strippers in its definition--to register as a
measure against diseases.  The part of the government on the sex trade
is strictly at a health level.  It is done as a measure against
diseases, not as a way to control the trade itself.  Like I said: the
government plays dumb and leaves the issue to the workers and their
clients.  The government may intervene --officially-- only if
prostitution is done in places where it is prohibited by law (which are
basically public places where this type of activity may be dissaproved
by other neighboring people).

HOWEVER, in mexico most things don't go by the book.  The authorities
somehow had managed to get bar owners to be responsible for the proof of
health checking women working at their businesses, thus the reason why
Carina said that without a health card women can't work at the bars.

Now some numbers:
Percent of prostitutes (estimated) working on the street: 48%
at bars: 38%
the rest work at bordellos
(I wouldn't take this numbers at face value, though, as there's really
NO WAY you can calculate this accurately--heck! there's no way you can
calculate how many prostitutes are out there!)

I hope this sheds some light on the issue of health cards.  I still
believe that a newbie girl may perfectly claim that she's just a patron,
but I also realize that getting away with such a story would not be that
easy (I mean, c'mon!  Everybody knows what those places are for!)

Comments and Suggestions are welcome.  I'm still trying to get more info
on this matter and I'll keep you guys posted as soon as I find anything
new.

EL CHAMUCO

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