The vice president of Colombia, Marta Lucia Ramirez, and the mayor of Cartagena de Indias, Pedrito Pereira, today agreed to work together to eradicate child prostitution in the city, informed official sources.
"We want more tourism in Cartagena, but we do not want tourists who come to develop this aberrant activity of child prostitution," Ramírez said in a statement from his office.
The vice president hoped that in the coming months it will be demonstrated that corruption can be defeated and the fiscal management of the city improved so that there are more resources for education and health.
However, he said that "something that worries us a lot is how we are going to end the prostitution of children in Cartagena".
Cartagena de Indias, one of the most important tourist destinations in South America, has registered for some time a growth of sex tourism that involves children.
Ramírez follows up directly on everything that happens in the city by instruction of the Colombian president, Iván Duque, who commissioned him to accompany the entire work plan for Cartagena.
"There is a program that is being developed with the Chamber of Commerce, Fonsecar, the intergremial committee, Cartagena Como Vamos, with business and social leaders, that's why we have spoken with the mayor that a safer Cartagena must be guaranteed, with greater environmental sustainability , better indexes of human development and a more competitive Cartagena ", he added.
The vice president said that changes will be registered in the city with the mayor's management and the support of the national government.
"The instruction of President Iván Duque is that we are going to put his shoulder to Cartagena, which is the heritage of all Colombians and of humanity," he added.
Finally he said that Cartagena needs investment in road improvement, in the quality of the beaches because "we want a first level tourism and we will work with social leaders, with street vendors because we will help them, we will support them so that get formalized. "