The authorities of Medellín, in the northwest of Colombia, requested this Monday the deportation of a Dutchman for walking with a woman without clothes while holding her from a chain in a tourist area of the city, a scene that went viral on social networks and was highly reproached.
“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 the second most important city in Colombia, 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 highly visited area in the exclusive El Poblado sector.
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.
Police reported that the woman was fined for “engaging in sexual acts or exhibitionism that inconvenience the community.”
The Vice Presidency of Colombia and the Presidential Council for Equity for Women assured this Monday that these events “are serious and warrant forceful actions.”
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 his body . “
They also regretted that these images show women “as an object owned by men” and warned that they can promote sex tourism and trafficking for sexual exploitation.
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 , as 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.
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 the 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 great investments and a transformation to “re-signify the space”, for which the request for expulsion, as he stated, is justified.