(National Sentinel) Socialist Nightmare: All you supporters of Bernie Sanders-style socialism take heed, because of America ever adopts his economic model, this could be you.
As reported by the Miami Herald, live in the socialist paradise of Venezuela has gotten so bad and people so desperate that professionals — doctors, teachers, engineers — are turning to prostitution in neighboring Colombia, just to buy food:
At a squat, concrete brothel on the muddy banks of the Arauca River, Gabriel Sánchez rattled off the previous jobs of the women who now sell their bodies at his establishment for $25 an hour.
“We’ve got lots of teachers, some doctors, many professional women and one petroleum engineer,” he yelled over the din of vallenato music. “All of them showed up with their degrees in hand.”
And all of them came from Venezuela.
As the country’s economic collapse continues causing chronic shortages of food, medicines, and basic supplies, anyone with the means to flee the hell have done so. The rest have had to make do anyway they can. That includes prostitution.
One recent study estimated that some 350,000 Venezuelans have left their country for Colombia. But jobs there are scarce as well, leaving many women — young and older — with few other options.
Dayana, a 30-year-old mother of four, nursed a beer as she watched potential clients walk down the dirt road that runs in front of wooden shacks, bars and bordellos. Dressed for work in brightly colored spandex, Dayana said she used to be the manager of a food-processing plant on the outskirts of Caracas.
But that job disappeared after the government seized the factory and “looted it,” she said.
Seven months ago, struggling to put food on the table, she came to Colombia looking for work. Without an employment permit, she found herself working as a prostitute in the capital, Bogotá. While the money was better there, she eventually moved to Arauca, a cattle town of 260,000 people along the border with Venezuela, because it was easier to send food back to her children in Caracas.
“If you had told me four years ago that I would be here, doing this, I wouldn’t have believed you,” Dayana, who asked that her last name not be used, told the paper “But we’ve gone from crisis to crisis to crisis, and now look where we are.”
“Prostitution obviously isn’t a good job,” she said. “But I’m thankful for it, because it’s allowing me to buy food and support my family.”
This is life under socialism, those of you still feeling “the Bern.”
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