Haiti: Alleged sex workers 'rounded up' by justice officials working for the Ministry of Social Affairs and tested for HIV

JACMEL, Haiti (defend.ht) – Authorities in Jacmel rounded up young girls spending time in the cafés of the city in order to test them for AIDS and according to the Commissioner of Jacmel, Antoine Jean Frero, in the first week, 9 young women regularly found at two of the city’s cafés tested positive for HIV. The idea was to encourage young girls with precarious lifestyles in Jacmel to get tested. The effort was being carried out by justice officials and the Ministry of Social Affairs. Commissioner Frero said in the first café authorities had nabbed 3 women who tested positive for AIDS and on the first cafe and 6 were found to have AIDS covered.