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In photos: Venezuelan prostitutes on the coast of Colombia

Thousands of tourists visit the Colombian coast every year. On the beaches Venezuelan girls come in search of potential clients with hard currency, rather than the devalued Venezuelan bolívares they earn back home.
Por: Univision
Publicado: 07 Dec | 01:28 PM EST
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‘Rocío’, from Barquisimeto, Venezuela, waits for clients on the seafront promenade in the bay of Santa Marta, Colombia. She carries with her all the time a relgious book which she uses overcome her fear of being alone in a foreign country to sell her body. She takes comfort from the companionship of other women working the streets. Foto: Tata Mahecha | Univision
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Ingrid, from Maracaibo arrived early this year in the bay of Taganga, Colombia, a fishing village popular with tourists. She works the streets to make a living: "I work day and night but it's still hard to make ends meet." Foto: Tata Mahecha | Univision
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'La Titi' prepares the best she can to go out on the streets to get customers. She stands out from other women due to the care she takes preparing herself for her appointments. Foto: Tata Mahecha | Univision
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Some Venezuelan women sit on the benches of Simon Bolivar Park, in the historic center of Barranquilla. The park is a 'tolerance zone' in the city where clients and prostitutes hook up. Foto: Tata Mahecha | Univision
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"I ask my foreign clients to pay me in dollars, so I triple what I earn, and I send money weekly to my little brothers in Maracaibo," said 'Ingrid.' Foto: Tata Mahecha | Univision
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The Rodadero promenade in Santa Marta. Foto: Tata Mahecha | Univision
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A tourist approaches two girls in the International Marina in Santa Marta. Foto: Tata Mahecha | Univision
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Often the women are approached by older mne who "pay very well," according to some of the prostitutes. Foto: Tata Mahecha | Univision
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Prostitutes also work the taxis carrying tourists in the bay of Santa Marta. Foto: Tata Mahecha | Univision
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‘Rocío’ walks in the late afternoon along the seaside promenade in the bay of Santa Marta. Foto: Tata Mahecha | Univision