Women Defenseless Against Sexual Harassment in Buses, Trains and Taxis

Image by Albert Marin and Ogra Cajina for La Nacion
Q JOURNAL – Stories of women in Costa Rica being sexually harassed while riding a bus, train or in a taxi are many, but few, very few ever get past the story telling and to the hands of police and the courts, allowing the perpetrators to continue at will.
The reasons are many.
For example, the Consejo de Transporte Publico (CTP) – the government agency that regulates public transport – considers the matter is not within its competence, rather to that of each operator. And bus companies and taxi cooperatives lack protocols to deal with these situations.
In its report, La Nacion describes the case of a 13 year-old girl who travels by bus to school; it is raining,

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