Thousands upon thousands of Venezuelans pour into Colombia over a crowded cross-country bridge, their faces gaunt, carrying little more than a backpack. Rail-thin women cradle their tiny babies, and beg along the gutters that are strewn with rubbish.
Women sell their locks to local wigmakers in Colombia for around $10 to $30, depending on length and quality. Other women sell their bodies. Girls as young as 14 line the Cucuta streets available “for hire,” earning around $7 “per service.”
They come from a country that they say now resembles a war zone. Their lives have been ripped apart by socialism.