El Placer - Sexual Violence

The Washington Post

Once a thriving town during the Putumayo coca boom, El Placer was violently occupied by paramilitaries on the 7th November 1999. Previously it had been militias of the FARC guerrillas who had controlled the town, but the indiscriminate massacre of 11 civilians that day saw the beginning of a seven-year reign of terror and subjugation of the local population.

Torture, killings and forced disappearances became commonplace under the absolute control of the paramilitaries, who remained unmolested by Colombian State security forces, however what most marked their reign was the sexual violence, forced sexual enslavement, rapes and femicides committed against women and young girls in the region.

The images here are from a report from the Washington Post newspaper and the USA's National Public Radio (Links below).

Much of the research for the report was based on the report (in Spanish) published by the Centro de Memoria Historica: http://www.centrodememoriahistorica.gov.co/descargas/informes2012/el_placer.pdf.

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