A prostitute's tale
Sex to avoid arrest
Colombian sex worker Maria after an interview with the Guardian.
Photo: Andre Alexander
BY ASHA JAVEED
A 14-year-old Colombian prostitute is claiming that a police officer had sex with her in exchange for not arresting her during a raid at a hotel in Chaguanas, last week.
In the pre-dawn hours of April 9, police officers staged a raid at the Santa Maria Hotel at Bagna Trace, Chase Village, Chaguanas.
Twenty-nine Colombian women were piled up into police vehicles and taken away.
One was left behind.
Maria (not her real name) said two police officers found her under the bed of her room while the raid was taking place.
She was told if she had sex with an officer, she would not be taken to the police station.
Maria, who arrived in the country 15 days before by boat, hesitated.
She was scared to be deported back to Colombia but her greater fear of the police won out.
A police officer stood guard while the other officer had sex with her.
She was left in her room while the other women were taken away.
The women are now at the Golden Grove Prison in Arouca awaiting deportation.
Maria had paid for her freedom with sex.