As businesses begin to reopen in Bolivia in the wake of COVID-19 closures, the nation’s sex workers are preparing to see clients again following instructions from a 30-page set of guidelines: including face shields, gloves, and see-through raincoats serving as “biosecurity suits.”
The Organization of Night Workers of Bolivia (OTN) — an organization representing sex workers — created the guidelines to help protect sex workers and their clients from the coronavirus, Reuters reported.
While a “thigh-skimming” raincoat might seem like an odd piece of lingerie, they are meant to be worn during pole dances to protect from germs. They will take the coats off once the client session is taking place.
“The biosecurity suit will allow us to work and protect ourselves,” Antonieta, a sex worker in Bolivia, told Reuters as she demonstrated how workers will disinfect poles with bleach spray between dances.
Prostitution in the South American country is legal and regulated in licensed brothels.
Restrictions have slightly eased after an early lockdown in March.
Vanessa, a sex worker at the same brotherly and a mother-of-two, told Reuters she does this line of work to provide for her children and make sure they have money to go to school.