MCC Latin America Policy Analyst Adrienne Wiebe writes in her blog:
“Women working in the bars along the highway, often come for a meal, and I just started talking with them. Many of the local people are very judgemental and look down on these women. But I began to see their reality, and offer them friendship.” says Maria.
Many Central American women attempting to get to the USA end up in the sex trade. “Often they are paid to come with the promise of a job, but they cannot leave until they repay their expenses to the bar owner. Others end up working at the bars because they have no money left and can’t continue travelling north, and this is the only work they can get.”