Several Venezuelan women are taking up sex work in neighbouring Colombia because the economic crisis in their country has made it impossible to make a living, a new investigation by Sky News found.
Cúcuta, a Colombian city near the border with Venezuela, is seeing an influx of Venezuelan women who are working in brothels to get by, the Sky News report says.
Sky News found that out of 60 women in a Cúcuta brothel, two were Colombians, while the rest were Venezuelans. The reporter, Alex Crawford, said one woman charged as little as $33 (R470) per client.
"Anything would be better," one woman said. "I do this because I have to do this."
Another woman told Crawford it was the only way she could get money to feed her family.
The women have left Venezuela temporarily and have no formal immigration documents, meaning they can't legally get employment, Sky News said.
Venezuela's economy has been in a tailspin for months, prompting drastic measures from the government. Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro lopped five zeros from the bolívar on Monday in an attempt to halt rampant hyperinflation that has pushed a packet of rice to 2.5 million bolívars.
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