Cruising It is the name of a sexual practice that occurs. having sex in public places Although it is a part of people’s private lives, such as parks, shopping malls, lands, forests, beaches, public toilets, public transport stations and deserted places in general, The problem is that the rights of others are being violated or put at risk.
This practice is not new in Bogotá. All you have to do is go online or social networks Thus, a series of guides and even maps of favorite places are displayed to achieve this with complete strangers who are reached by codes known among the population that enjoys the activity. One look, one approach, one word is enough. Everything was decided before the meeting.
“The bathrooms on the second floor diverplaza They are a bit hidden and the urinals are very close. The third one is good but sometimes there are too many people. “It is not recommended to go in the afternoon on the weekend, it is recommended to go only in the morning,” says one of the group members, giving advice.
(‘Epicentres’ of sexual practice causing alarm among Bogotá citizens).
One of the most visited sites national park and this also corresponds to Sad and shocking facts about sexual abuse These are covered here. They even give advice to those making the decision. “We recommend that those traveling here do not carry their mobile phones and valuables with them. It is better to go on Sunday or Saturday afternoon. This is the favorite place to do it. It is recommended to use a condom and be accompanied. “There are gendarmes on horseback, but they can’t get there,” says another subject.
And so you can read dozens of conversations on social networks. The problem is These facts no longer escape the eyes of citizens.Because complaints are repeated more and more frequently.
Carlos Villamil is also one of the worried citizens. He no longer knows who to contact to report these events. he said this Parque Colina Shopping CenterOn Boyacá Boulevard, there is no day going there or any acquaintances will tell you that people do this when they visit the mall. wandering around the men’s room. “On the second floor of the food court wing, although all bathrooms are there, it’s a shame, uncomfortable and unsafe. There is no peace in allowing a child or minor to go to that bathroom; “This is a place of disease and obscenity.”
He said he has already asked the mall management to increase security in these bathrooms. “You can’t go to the toilet because 2-3 people are looking at you for other purposes and violating your personal privacy. It’s not nice. It doesn’t cost anything to put security guards in the bathroom to make sure it’s not crowded and so people can move around, because in reality it becomes an unsafe area.”
The mall said it shares the importance of solving this problem Social media has become widespread in public spaces across the country. “We would like to point out that since there is no camera security system in the shopping mall bathrooms, as required to respect the privacy of the users, an action plan has been initiated with our cleaning service and private security contractors to take the necessary measures.”
This, they said, included bringing these violations to the attention of the competent authorities (National Police). “It is planned to increase the frequency of surveillance patrols and the alerts created by our visitors are always taken into account.”
And everything is planned on social networks. “Who is riding the cycle path in Soacha on Sunday?”So much so that, without needing further description, people of all ages meet to have sex in various public spaces of the city, even guided by a location map on the Internet.
Andrés NietoThe Undersecretary of Security of Bogota served as an investigator on this matter. Known as ‘cancaneo’ In the 70s and 80s This is a very popular practice in countries where homosexuality is punished and considered a crime. “As time went on, it lost its strength, but then it is practiced not only in Colombia but in major cities around the world, above all by members of the LGBTI community.”
Nieto explained that this means meeting strangers or meeting people with whom there are intimate, sexual advances. explained this This practice is not actually a crime, because the people involved agree on the action. “This means there is no sexual crime.” However, Nieto explained that if one of the participants forced the other, a sexual offense would occur. “It’s not a cruise. “This situation is classified in the National Register of Corrective Measures No. 1801 of the Cohabitation Act as acts of sexual exhibitionism that create a nuisance to society.”
Since 2017, with the entry into force of Law No. 1801; In Bogotá, 3,123 summonses were filed for this type of situation. “Some of the designated areas are pastures, parks in remote areas, or special public areas such as public bathrooms or shopping malls.”
For experts, it is important to clarify that this entails a third type of fine, which can reach 618,000 pesos per person who implements it. “The report is used so that the police can apply this sanction. “This is not a crime, but it affects coexistence because it affects the peace of others.”
EL TIEMPO also learned of complaints in the Córdoba wetland in the town of Suba. When it became afternoon for some time, the young people started to appear alone and were later seen talking to people who went to the same place. “We saw men trapped in the bushes. The next day, when you go for a walk with your young children, you find a trail of condoms, garbage and bonfires.”said one local resident.
Police in the area know this and are working with the public to ensure these areas are not used as display scenes. “It does not bother us that heterosexual, homosexual or bisexual couples display affection. What worries us is that they do not respect the rights of others and begin to commit obscene acts in front of everyone. “Add to that the ecological and public health damage.”
The police witnessed not only the proliferation of street dwellers taking care of their needs or thieves stealing in the wetland by taking advantage of dark places, but also the sneaky encounters of young people. “Anything you say to the LGBTI community, who we know have rights, is oppression. If we find someone engaging in actions that range from compassionate to exhibitionist, then we have to enforce the law. They have obligations too.”said an officer.
This isn’t the first time this has happened. A few years ago in the Simon Bolívar park, The management of the venue had to ban the setting up of tents because explicit sex scenes were often seen when entering the tents. That’s what park visitors said. The truth is that there are many Facebook groups online urging people to engage in these sexual acts in bathrooms, libraries, parks, wetlands, lots, and shopping malls. “There are areas of high tension in the Córdoba wetland and men doing navigational exercises.”In this way, they sell the site on the web, which is often in the news due to complaints from residents.
But meetings are common in parks such as the National, Independencia and Bosque Izquierdo, where young people meet without any problems. This media learned that Some investigations are ongoing to determine whether there are prostitution networks collecting money behind this activity.
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