Updated 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Argentina fights prostitution

Andrea Vargas is no longer afraid to go out on the street because she knows she will get back home. She is one of the ten transsexuals that slammed prostitution in the Argentine city of La Plata to set up the first hairdressing salon that fights discrimination against her community in the southern country.

"Now I feel different. I'm not going to be with the fear that I'm going to go out to work and I do not know if I'm going to go home. In the streets everything happens: they rob us, they hit us ... Me, I feel more protected here because I'm working during the day and I'm not afraid, "says Vargas.

Two weeks ago, the 26-year-old began working alongside nine other co-workers in the "Las Charapas" cooperative, a beauty salon in the capital of the province of Buenos Aires that seeks to empower transsexuals and transgender people, especially to migrants, and overturn the prejudices that exist around them.

Behind all of this is Claudia Vásquez, the president of Otrans, a civil association emerged in 2012 in La Plata that three years ago began to launch the creation of this space "trans" self-managed, without any public support.
To this end, it supported the formation of ten people who, until the opening of the premises two weeks ago, continued to prostitute themselves.

"They have gone through the process in a pedagogical way because they have been breaking stereotypes of society," says Vásquez, 46, in an interview with in which she celebrates that the project has allowed to give the girls "an identity".
The activist, who managed to avoid that "perverse" destiny "prepared" for them that is prostitution, insists on the need for the State to generate alternatives so that women can leave a situation that "reifies" and "devalues" and Which affects 90% of the "trans" in the country.

That is why it launched this initiative that, for the moment, changed the lives of ten people. Among them is Vargas, who two years ago came from Peru with the idea of continuing to dedicate herself to hairdressing, his profession, but ended up "falling in the street".