The authorities of Medellín, in northwestern Colombia, They demanded this Monday the deportation of a Dutch man for walking with a woman without clothes while holding her by a chain in a tourist area of the city, a scene that went viral on social networks and was highly criticized.
“We are asking Migration to expel the Dutchman who came to damage Medellín’s image and who came to mistreat the women of Medellín,” Daniel Quintero, the mayor of Colombia’s second most important city, said in a video.
The woman, who only wore black lingerie, wore a chain tied around her neck that was held by the Dutch citizen as they walked last Friday in the Provenza neighborhood, a very visited area in the exclusive El Poblado sector.
Apparently they were filming a video to upload to a platform.
The woman’s name is Alejandra Torres and she is a webcam model Five years ago. He said that the man he was with is his partner, his name is Patrick Slurick and denied that it is a case of sex tourism. “I don’t know why there was such a stir, since I didn’t show any of my private parts”, declared to the local media.
For now, it is unknown on which platform the audiovisual material that was recorded in the place will be published.
The merchants of the pink zone of Medellín questioned the scene and assured that this type of behavior damages the image of the city and affects tourism, a sector very hit by the crisis of the pandemic.
In El Poblado, an area where Parque Lleras, Provenza and Manila are located, the Medellín Mayor’s Office will reinforce control activities with the extended presence of a Unified Command Post.
Local authorities ask for the expulsion of the Dutch tourist from the country.
Police reported that the woman was fined for “engaging in sexual acts or exhibitionism that inconvenience the community.”
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The Vice Presidency of Colombia and the Presidential Council for Equity for Women assured this Monday that these events “They are serious and warrant forceful action.”
In a joint letter, they also warned that these types of scenes “reproduce, incite and justify violence against women by promoting the violation of their rights, the damage to their dignity and the normalization of denigrating positions or imaginations that internalize, undervalue and objectify her body”.
They also regretted that these images show women “as an object owned by men.” and they warned that they can promote sex tourism and trafficking for sexual exploitation purposes.
The couple recorded a video to be shared on social networks.
For that reason, they will ask Migración Colombia to “review the seriousness of the events” to “take the sanctions and actions it deems appropriate, including contemplating the deportation of the foreign citizen involved in the events.”
In addition, both instances pledged to work with local authorities in campaigns for the prevention and rejection of violence against women, and to strengthen the use of channels for reporting these types of cases.
Medellín boasts of being the example of transformation, because it went from being one of the most violent cities in the world and the capital of drug trafficking to becoming one of the most developed and leading cities in Latin America.
The woman was fined for exhibitionism.
For that reason, Mayor Quintero assured that the Dutchman “does not do the country good” because that “is not the fame” they want for the city.
“We put Lleras Park as a main focus of attention because we encountered many difficulties, we encountered prostitution, trafficking in women, abuse of minors,” Quintero added about the strategy to recover this tourist sector.
He also assured that for that area of the city there are large investments and a transformation to “re-signify the space,” for which the request for expulsion, he said, is justified.