Protecting The Sex Workers’ Profession:: A Tragic Reality

‘I am also a part of this society’

We are doing important social work . . . It is because of us that there are less cases of rape.’ So speaks Lily Cortez, president of OTN, the sex workers union of La Paz. OTN, along with its sister organization ONAEM, in Cochabamba, is fi ghting for sex workers’ rights. While prostitution is legal in Bolivia, sex workers are often not treated well and socially ostracised.

In 2005, residents of El Alto attacked a number of brothels and bars, ransacking and burning them in moral outrage, due to a belief that prostitutes ruin homes and spread disease. Cortez denounces this as hypocritical behaviour from of a society that enjoys prostitution clandestinely. Alina Rueda, a social worker at the CRVR clinic for sex workers in El Alto, confirms that Bolivian sex workers are for the most part in very good health, as …

Bolivian capital’s Witches Market blends traditions and mysticism

La Paz, Jun 3 (efe-epa).- Love potions, powders to forget not being loved in return, amulets to bring good luck and dried llama fetuses as offerings to Mother Earth are some of the goods to be found in the mystic Mercado de Las Brujas (Witches Market) in La Paz, recently named Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Andean city.

The narrow, colorful streets behind San Francisco Church in the old colonial area of La Paz preserve the centuries-old wisdom that surprises those who walk along its cobblestone lanes.

In this strange market, people’s hearts and souls can be cured of their malaises with perfumes guaranteed to attract the loved one, and with magic powders that if taken every day will bring wealth and good fortune.

Such are the powders made of pusanga, a plant that saleswoman Flora Lopez told EFE will help win the heart of the person that is …

10 Interesting Facts About Bolivia

This beautiful landlocked country is often over looked by visitors to South America in favour of its more colourful and better developed neighbours. But for the fascinating culture alone, Bolivia is well worth a visit.

The country has enough idiosyncrasies to drive you mad but I say this not to put you off, rather to forewarn you and encourage you to go. After all the challenge is all part of the experience in this country.

Here’s 10 interesting facts about Bolivia that you need to know before you go.


1. Prepare for altitude sickness

Most of Bolivia’s top places to visit are well over 2500m above sea level. The capital La Paz stands at 3500m, Sucre at 2750m and Uyuni at 3656m.

Flying in will give you the biggest shock to your system as the main airport of El Alto is even higher at 4000m. Travelling overland will be slightly …

5 Places To Visit In Bolivia, South America

Ahhh, Bolivia. A country of great beauty, stunning landscapes, and unique attractions. A country with the highest capital city in the world, the largest salt flats in the world, mountains, jungles, lakes, and everything else in between.

Bolivia may not be the easiest place to travel in, may not have the warmest people, and may not have the best cuisine, but what it lacks in those departments it more than makes up for in others.

Bolivia stands out as a top notch travel destination for many reasons. The main one being the diversity of the landscape. No other country I’ve been on Earth has such a myriad of dazzling natural beauty that is so unique.

While the highlights of Bolivia are many, these five stuck out as must see, can’t miss places if visiting this beautiful, landlocked South American country. These sites provide a great contrast of all there is …

Dating Bolivian Girls: Yes or No?

Well, being raised up in European country or in the United States… let us better say in a developed country makes a lot of differences than in Bolivia, for example. Many Western civilization people are full enough to satisfy all the necessary needs are looking for something exotic all over the world. For this reason some of the guys visit quite exotic countries to find some other aspects of love and pleasure they never experienced before. Not much people are looking for dating with Bolivian girl. It is pretty easy to find if to look up at the search engine and there are not much guys who dream to date with Bolivian girl or to marry Bolivian woman.

To be more objective, I will divide Bolivia into big cities Bolivia and rural Bolivia. The situation is better in big cities, especially in a capital of Bolivia. There you might find …