The newspapers this morning full of a story about raids by authorities on city centre prostitutes in which 18 foreign citizens (13 Colombians, 3 Cubans, 1 Venezuelan and 1 Dominican) were detained. Postitution is legal here, and those women involved are obliged to have regular medical check-ups, and carry medical cards in the same way as street food suppliers…but obviously those working here illegally would not be complying with such requirements. It is said that a biometric test identified those who had entered the country as tourists (your fingerprints, at least, are taken on entry). In any case, all residents, nationals and ex-pats, carried cedulas, ID cards which can be scanned (as was done during the Covid pandemic). The detained women will be deported.
In a court case, said to be the culmination of an 8-year investigation, 16 former judicial officials have been found guilty of corruption. 8 of those involved in 2015 were officials of the Second Superior Court of Justice, and 10 others had been members of juries. The case followed allegations of the brining of officials and jury members. It is also reported that evidence was obtained apparently showing that an official in charge of scheduling hearings allegedly charged some lawyers money to advance or delay trial dates, depending on the need.
14 MAY 2023