In the street, the only mask is a condom
Welcome Huffington Post link-ees, but … given that I clearly state that commercial sites are expected to ask permission to use my material, and the Huffington Post did not… I would appreciate your letting Huff Po know they owe me for my work as a translator.
I am in no way responsible for the photograph which appeared illustrating the link, which shows high school students, who are not prostitutes. I, for one, consider it highly offensive and inappropriate (and possibly slanderous, which is a jailable offense here in Mexico). My thoughts on this post — and the Huffington Post’s anti-Mexican biases are here. I’ve written on their underhanded way of appropriating work from writers like myself here.
So says Fátima, a 40 year old Parque Sullivan “strolling hostess” interviewed by AFP.
If AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases are a industrial illness, I’m not going to worry about this fucking flu, that’s curable. AIDS has no cure.
(my slightly cleaned up translation)
Sexoservadoras (“sex workers”) have been particularly hard-hit by the santitary contingency. According to Jamie Montejo, press spokesperson for Brigada Callejero (a streetwalkers’ support and mutual assistance group), 70 percent of the street walkers are out of a job right now, and there has been a 40 percent decline in customer demand.
Jessica, a 25-year old who has only been a streetwalker for two months, sees the recommended cubreboca as a practical impossiblity to workers in her trade.
When I go to the store, yes. But anyone wearing a mask in this job is not going to work.
Jessica said she has seen only one masked client.
World-wide, 17 people have died of “Swine Flu” (or H1N1, or “Mexican Flu”).
38,500 People die each week around the world from the Aids virus.
But, AIDS is the pandemic that dare not speak its name.